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My Dr Mama July ye 31th

I arrived the 29th of this Inst in Dublin onboard the Whery belonging to the Amazon and am in hopes that you will Send thehorse for me very Soon, for indeed I Want to See you and all frinds very much.Pray let me know by the that I may have all my things redy, & If not MrLautall Desires me If you please to Let him buy me a coat for indeed I want Wanvery much. And so to conclude With Duty to Dada and Grandada & Love to allmy sisters and Brothers

James Waller

[To Mrs Ann Waller

at Allenstown

Near Navene]

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Dr Madam Plymouth May the 10th 1753

I am just going to the post office to look for a letter Frommy Father but I have been there twice today already I write this before I seethe other Because I am afraid the post will got out; you cannot Imagine howstupid I have been for their is not one soul in Plymouth that I have anyacquaintance with and they are most of them Job's Comforters here for they tellme the ship is not to be heir this three Months I have been a little out oforder since I came here and I am order'd to Exercise my self every day ahorseback but it is so very expensive that I would not do it their is aSurgeons mate Lodgers in the same house where I do and he seas [says] it wassuch [touch] of the Eague [ague]; I have wrote two or three Letters to myFather which I hope he has receiv'd; it is my Constant Employment for threetimes week to go to the Coffy House to reed the News to find out When my poorship is to come again; Their is no News stiring here. I assure you I never wasso much tired of one place in my life as I am of Plymouth Now I hope I shallnot stay heir long anough to Recieve an Answer, I must now Conclude with DutyLove and Compliments to all Friends Esspecially to my Father and Grand Fatherand Believe me to be your Affectionate and Dutiful son and servt and honest Far

James Waller

P.S. I have read a good deal since I came to Plymouth ButAdieu for I am impatient to heir from Dear Allenstown I never knew the Headachetill now and now I do know it very well Adieu yours James Waller

[Written on the outside: I have no franks]

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Tiger in the River of Bengall the 30th of Jany1757

Dear Sir

I wish my time by this opportunity was sufficient to writeyou a long letter, but it is not being all hurry & confusion from motion -

Mr friendship for you & attachment to the best of youngmen makes my present subject as disagreable to myself as it can be to any, butthe good Parents who's loss is very great indeed, it is the affections theybore him which makes me unwilling to write to them nor can I do it as I ought.I feel much for them & my loss in their Son -

The News Papers I dare say will shew you in what manner ourShips have been employed in India; very disagreably I assure you, wholy to drawthe Company from destruction which was brought by the folly of bad men to hangover our heads. After we had taken Calcutta and had been in action some daysbefore, consequently every man felt fatauge [fatigue] but as none exertedthemselves more than Mr Waller consequently none felt more, our boats with a 20Gun Ship & Sloop were dispatched up the River to destroy Hughly a largecity belonging to the Moors which was some days in doing Mr Waller commandedone of our boats, and from a just sence of Duty woud allow no man to go beforehim, and was with the first that mounted the breach after the connonading wasover, and his behaviour there was such (according to the accounts of all theOfficers) that gained him great credit but Duty was hard for want of rest andhe came on by a Noble spirit exerted himself more than nature could support,which brought on a bloody flux that grew worst & worst till the 25thor this month when the poor good Lad died as much lamented as I ever saw oneyou will make this disagreable news known to his Father to whom I beg to beremembrd.

Mr Waller has all his pay due which may be received at theNavy Office as his Ticket will be sent there with any books he has allways beenrated Midshipman the value of his things which I have ordered to be sold willbe there received, as it will be charged to the wages of all who buy [ ] there is some little account between him& me but what it is I dont know nor have I time to look - I beg my Comptsto Mrs Congreve & hope you have enjoyed a good share of health, when youwrite to our Shropshire friends pray remember me to them and believe my DearSir

your Sincere friend and humble Servant

Thos Latham

I lost my Brother before this place on looking over this Ifind it confused as my ship but I have not time to correct it we are now intreaty for Peace with the Nabob

[To Cole Congreve


[on the outside in very faint ink:

My Dr child

Thou went thy

Fathers Glory the

Mothers hope &

Now thy countrys


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London July 1787

My dear Hariot

As Ralph is just putting his foot in the coach to go home Itake the opportunity of telling you that I received you fine long letteryesterday which was very acceptable to us all - as we pine for Irishintelligence and yours is so good and so much to the purpose both your fatherand I thank you most cordially for it, we have our business now [in] such atrain that we flatter ourselves we shall be able to set from hence on or aboutMonday the 24 of thereabouts - so that I hope I shall have my arms about all mydear Friends before the first of August - I never longed for it so much or wasso much tired of a place - but absence sometimes is of use and shews us thevalue of our friends and dear connections that we leave behind - I am vastlyhappy to think I am out of all scrapes & troubles with the Troop - I wonderthat no Captain has been named in my room - positively I never will accept ofthe command again - and I suppose that Tandy will quit if Rowley is put overhim - and that there will be jealosy & bickering among them - I fear thatmatter between Nicholson & Rothwell must end in a disagreeable manner - Iam happy I was absint Give my love to your dear Aunt and tell her I have atlast bought the coach and if she likes it I shall be happy - the sheep thatlast went out sold well and if more are fit they should also go - I am muchobliged to him for selling my horse he went higher that I expected - if youreceive this in time perhaps I may be here to receive your letter but on secondthoughts you had better not write any more I have inquired about Howard and aminformed there was Prize at Grenada - but will enquire again - and be morecertain - Ham Wade is still here - but expecting every day to leave to returnto Ireland - I wish [ ] he could go withus - he is a very good natured [ ] andhas been very much so to me - I suppose our elections will come on now speedily- I wish they were over with all my heart - Lord Bective did me the honour of avisit yesterday - Also Dick Allen and some other Irish boys - we all flocktogether in this here country - I must now close my narration as Ralph must setout - and hope my next letter to you will be from Dublin - so in joyfullexpectation of that much wished for time - I now once more assure you & allmy dear friends of Allenstown Charlisfor Stanbrooke &c

how I am their & your particular friend R W


Miss H. Beaufort



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August 25th 1757

The forms of Condolence I am a Stranger to and were it not,it wou'd be nonsence in me to attempt giving that to my Dearest Parents which Iso much want myself, and yet when I am convinced that there is an allservingand Merciful God (who knows what is most for our good and orders all thingsaccordingly) I think it impious to repine at his blessed will, and since byrepining you can not allter what had hapned, but only help to hurt your ownhealths, oh my Dearest and best of Parents, so not, but for the Sake of thoseChildren you have yet, try to get the better of this [indeed] irreparable loss,think how much greater the loss of either of you wou'd be to them and ratherlet us try to submit patiently to God's Will, that provoke him to visit us withso great a misfortune, what comfort shou'd it be to us all, that he died withsuch a Character, and so beloved if that Worthy human Man, Captain Latham who Ishall ever honour for his tenderness.

But give me leave to close this Mellancholly subject; andthat I am unfit to begin a livlier one, I shall try to change, the Br of this,Mr Paine sent here with Bullocks, and requested Jemmy wou'd Billet themtomorrow Night, on some Friend about Cavan, but Jemmy does not know any onethere and so gave that Man 5 shillings to pay for them, which he desires I willtell my Father. The Bullocks are for him, and Colln Murray. Jemmy [ ]

Jemmy came home last Night, and went of this morning toCarrentell which is 30 Mile, I think he did much good at the fair atPalmerstown since he sold but two brutes, and has brought home three, in theirplace.

Mr & Mrs Balfour have left this Country, and taken aplace in Louth, and Davey Rynd [is] to take Castle Balfour, this is a realmisfortune; and I wanted not this addition to make this Country detestable.

Mary is very well, she will write next post, she is veryangry at the Ardbraccan Girls, who have forgot her I believe.

I hope October will bring us all tog[piece of lettermissing] how I long to see you all here, is not to [piece of letter missing]How is my dear little Bessy, is the spots [piece of letter missing] of herface, my [piece of letter missing] Cubs are well and [piece of letter missing]fine Children, An[piece of letter missing] Marias face still br[piece of lettermissing] but better. Jemmy and Mary join in [piece of letter missing]

Duty to you and my Dear Father [piece of letter missing]

Dear and honer'd Madm your [piece of letter missing]

Dutifull and affect [piece of letter missing] Love to Robin[kids] Girls

[addressed to Mrs Waller at Allenstown]

[A piece of the letter is missing, about 1" strip down theside]

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Allenstown Decmr 1779

My dear Dan

As my father wrote to you last week I deferred to write tillthis well remembering that all or any letters from Ireland used to be a treatto me when I was absent - also an Irish newspaper which used to be welcome ifyou could but get a little currant Whiskey, the feast wd be compleat - I mustpay you a visit in your retirement but when I shall have time to afford myselfthat pleasure God knows - the Parish of Castletn not yet given away - and whilethere is life there is hopes - and tho' our hopes are but very small yet asthey are I still have them - it is now said he intends it for James Maxwell -others say that Ld Farnham made it a point that Close shd get it - but nonemention you, and the Bishop is looking out for a curate who will reside and hasordered Whittingham's servant to keep the House aired - and that looks as if hemeant it for Maxwell, who is now abroad for the recovery of his health - yousay that meat, gracerys and bad wine are dearer than in Ireland - and yet youlive cheaper - this is a paradox to me - however if I was in your situation, Ishould be very unwilling to remove again - your house is not sold - neither are the horses - and what to do with them Idont know - they are not worth the feeding, to you at least on the chance ofselling them in March next - I desired Cod[dington] might sell them at fivepound if he could get it - but no one would do it - my father will sell themfor that - I would rather pay it than have them running over the land - tho' Ididnt want them at all - Dick Berry has pressed me sadly for 50 due to him - Isent Cod to try to get a part of it - poor Berry is really in want of it and Ihave no money of my own to give him - my little rents are unpaid and I amreally in distress myself, in short there is no money to be got - and goodsthat the land produces are down - perhaps this Free Trade that we are to getmay cause a little ride in our markets - I think Cod does very well he iscareful and anxious to make the most of everything both in land and Tythe - Ishall go to Dublin next week and then try to do something about giving up thatcursed farm - all the money of the Parish would be little enough to keep itmanured - for the soil is so gravelly that all the manure that was put on ithas sunk - [Paunier] has called on me for her £ 400 - she insisted on its beingpaid the 10 of last month - I could not get it then - but hope I shall get itbefore Christmas - when I do you will send me your bond for that money - and asto the 10 guins you desire for yourself it shall be sent as soon as I can getit either of my own or out of the Parish - but Berry must first be paid - letme know in your next thro' what channel I shall send it you are too far fromBristol also I could readily get a bill there - and few of our merchants haveany correspondence with Carmarthon or Haverford West - you say you wrote to Codfor a return of the Parish this year but he never recd a letter since you laftIreland I can tell you the Parish set for £71-3-6 of which he had recd onlyabout 60 [ ] and I much fear no morewill be got till the assizes for really people are in distress I have recd but£23 from Cod since you left and I have paid Gerrard £10 interest out of it. Ihad a little last Post from Mrs Augier for her little interest which I willsoon pay her with a demand for £3 odd money to some french man or other. Icannot read the name but she says she paid it by your order - the paper with thebargain I made with Ruxton is mislaid therefore I cannot at this time send youthe particulars - I know he has my acceptance for £42 - payable at 25 March -and Barlow has my bill for 69 payable at same time - these two sums hang like amill stone round my neck, but the 62 my father is to pay will help and is theonly part I am sure of - if Strgeon takes the land from us - I have a scheme oftaking the two little fields where the glebe is, from Ruxton - he is offeredonly £1-0-0 per acre for them and I believe he would set for less - he wasdeceived on the land when he took it from you and now repents it sorely - theglebe too distresses him much and I will not divide it until I see Sturgeon -let me know your ideas of taking these fields - the money you owe for the wine- I would try to get kept of as long as possible and then try if he will takeit by installments - The load of interest annually paid ruins us - with all thecharges of curate Crown Rent &c &c Barry McGusty torments - Brab Noble,Mrs Connor - Will Dixon &c &c &c I give them good words and that isall - I wish as soon as your member returns you would get some franks toyourself & send them to me

[under cover to C Lambert]

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Allenstown: 26 March 1780

When I wrote to my Dear Friends at Penlan last Sunday I wasdetermined I would not write Again till your Answer to Robin's Letter about theExchange of your living of Navan with Doctr Stock for Letter jenny might giveus Some idea of your resolution on that Head, for tho' both Robin, & I, andevery Friend of yours, whom we have Spoken to on that Subject, Seem Sanguine inour desires for the Exchange, yet no Step could be taken in it till yourthoughts and those of your good Fathers are received on that Subject, and as itmay be doubtful after your consent Arrives, whether the Matter may beAccomplished, or whether Stock Still continues in the Exchanging mind, we areAll Impatience to make the tryal;-

By the best Information I can have, I dont find that yourliving of Navan Comn Anny every Exceeded £400 Clear of all Charges wherasStocks is Clear of every Charge of Demand £550, or 60. One Hundred and SixtyAdded to your present Income with the addition of Somewhat to be hereaftermentioned, is an Object worth Your Serious Attention, and I think wouldvery Soon make you quite Easey in Your Circumstances, and tho their may be SomeInconvience, and disagreeable Circumstances in Your Setting so farr off and ina Country not the most Agreeable, yet I think the Happiness & Comfort whichmust Arise to you, of so much the Sooner having uor Affairs Settled, will be anAmple Equivolent. - That Cursed Black Prince who was the Mains of loosingRobin's first Letter. I hope before this, has met with her fate; I should alsotell you further that Stocks living is now Sett to a Man of Fortune the Moneyfor it to be paid punctually in Dublin half yearly. And now my Dear Dan youwill think it doubtlefs very odd to give you Such a long Preachment, before Icame to a much more Agreeable Subject;

Our Reverd Father returned to this part of the World onThursday last, On Friday after the Service was over he came up as usual &Cordualy Shook hands etc. & takeing me to one Saide of the Church Asked mekindly how you & Family did, whether we had heard from you, & how hemight direct a Letter, I told him we Generally heard from Some of the Familyonce a week and also that Some one of this Family never missed writing Eachweek; well then, You perhaps may do the Busy as well as I "There is a littleNon Cure in the Country west meath called Port Lemmon, 'tis Vacant butthe death of poor Jones, and if "Dan thinks it worth his Acceptance he Shallhave it, perhaps it may be of Some Service to him under his presentCircumstances. Jones informed me it was worth about £80[] an & he need notHurry himself in coming over, as he has Six Months to do So as to take Care notto let the living lapse"; You may be sure I thanked him Most Cordialy both inYour Name and my owne and told him, I was Sure, you would be most thankfully Acceptany favour his Lordship might bestow, and that your Gratitude would Equal hisGoodness; I think you must imediatly write a Letter of thanks to him, for tho'it is Small yet it will be Some help to you; he Expressed a great regard foryou & Said he wished to Serve you not only on your Owne Acct but for yourConnections; So after Complimts etc we parted. I had not an opportunity ofMentioning the Exchange now under Consideration but intend taking the firstfair Minute to mention it and have his Advice and Aprobation. Your last letterof the 7th Insd thank you for your kind wishes about KillmoreBishop, we Shall have no more Altercation there about renewals £ 40 is settled& Agreed during incumbency the Rent Still at the Old £ 10 Yearly & feesvery Exorbitant indeed

You need be under no hurry about my Bussyness I have notthoughts of Building this Year, the House is intended for Grange or Rathbran,there is one Already at Clonleason which will do

Observations on Husbandry & the Customs in VariousCountrys are Allways pleasing to me, and Sometimes I have met very usefullhints, from places where the Husbandry in genl was Most Excerable - thedescription you give of the manner of plowing the Sides of Hills is indeedAbsurd and doubly Expensive why do they not plow it as I do at Rantan not up& down but the Ridges to run on the Sides which would be much Easyer &better.

We are Sorry to hear Your Father has any Complaint but hopethe Change from wett to dry will relieve him, the Season forsowing here hasbeen very promissing, & now nearly over for Oats, the Barly Justbeginning, Our Winter Corn in General looks backward owing to the very Severewinter. We are all tolerably well Except My Dame who last nught after going tobed perfectly well was siezed in the Middle of the Night with a Violent SoreThroat, by Gargles & Cooling Applications she is much better this Morning& we hope will have no return. Your little Harriet is quite well & theSweetest Infant I ever beheld. She is indeed the play-thing of the House & thebest tempered Creature this world affords. So much for you my Dear Mary -Farewell May every Happiness & Blessing Attend You all Roots & Branchesand may every future Letter unfold Something New for your Advantage.

Adieu WW

Mr Waller March 25 1780

Dortlummon giver

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Allenstown 2 April 1780

In my last My Dear James which, by the by, I take forgranted you Never received as I think it was on board one of those Packettstaken by the Black Prince, in it inform'd you of the Clover Seed being SafeArrived but that Account was premature, for that Ship did not Arrive till lastweek, and I have now the pleasure of informing you that I have got the Seedhome last Night Safe and well, without the loss of one Ouz, Sound & Clean& without the least Damage. This good woman of Mine has been remarkablywell Since she got rid of a very Severe Cold after Xmas, till ten days Ago, shewent to bed perfectly well but in the Night was Suddenly Seized with a ViolentSore Throat, which at first fightened us Exceedingly, but by immediate Applicanof Gargles & Flannel, She Soon got over it & in two days had norfurther Complaint. She is now very well and in reasonable good Spirits. We havehere been much pleased about an Exchange being Offered from Your Nephew Doct.Stock to Beaufort of his living of Letterkenny in County of Donegale, for hisliving of Navan this living of Stocks is now Sett to a Tyth Farmer of Sunstanceand Ccharacter for £ 10 p.ann, out of which Allowing all Charges of Curate& there now Arises a Clear Yearly income of £ 550 p.ann Engaged to be paidin Dublin half Yearly - Navan does not produce Con Annn More than £ 400, Sothat if this Exchange could be Effected there would be a Certain rise of £ 150p ann, which would be a great Addition to the poor felloes income, butunfortunately the Letter which was wrote to Beaufort for his Approbation andConsent was on board that Packett which was taken by the Cused Black Prince andwas sunk, this has Occasioned Such delay that we never have had any letter fromBeaufort Yet, as I was informed from undoubted Authority within these two daysthat Dean Gorges had Agreed for an Exchange of his living of Terfeckin in theCounty of Louth which I hear is worth 450, and is only waited Gorges returnfrom Letter kenny where he went to View the Premises to finish all matters;this is unfortunate for poor Beaufort but however to make Some Amends to himthe Bishop of Meath had presented him to a Noncure in the County Westmeathcalled port Lemmon, worth £ 80 p ann at least, Void by the death of Jones ofNavan the Schoolmaster; I dare Say, by what I hear from all Quarrs about theBishop that this is not the only thing he may Expect from him

All here are perfectly well, our winter has been Severe& our Spring Cold, but never was a finer Sowing Season. All our Spring CornExcept Barly in ground, the Barly will Soon be over & a prospect of a mostplentiful Harvest - Corn is Excessively low Oats 5 ll bar & wheat not morethan 1b: Wooll which we thought would rise greatly on our Opening Trade has notraised as yet 6 p Stone 1b the highest at present, however we are Sanguine inhopes of a Rise on all our Commodities, Linnen & Yarn Sells briskly andvery likely to Continue up.

All at this place give you & Dear good Hanah every wishthat can contribute to your happyness

Adieu WW

the money for the Clover Seed will be in Deases hands beforethis reaches you.

Mr Waller

2 Ap 80

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Allenstown 8th April 1781

My dear Mary

I am in a hurry this morning and cant stay to say more thanthat your last letter wrote for Dan came here duly but I have not had time toconsider the contents duly, being much hurried about my farms at this season; Aformer letter I wrote soon after that which mentions the affar of Fox put thatmatter past any firther consideration as the young man had declared off.

I send enclosed the ground plans of the old ruins of a houseat Rathban which comes into my hands at May next I request Dan will look itover and try what may be done at it with the least expense to make it habitableand some way convenient for me to live in at times, while doing busyness theretill I can build something more convenient by way of a farm house & offices- I begg his thoughts on this as soon as possible as I must immediately fallabout making it habitable.

Ruxton was speaking to me the other day and I suppose itmight be at the instance of Dr Paul who has a living somewhere near Mayn's inthe County of Monaghan he had a mind to exchange the living & would be gladto do so at the expense of £ 100 loss he has we hear quarreled with hisparishoners & is made uneasy, which is the cause of his desire to exchange,probably you may know or have heard of this living? It's now he says sett to aTyth farmer at 600 pound clear of all charges for 3 years & will risegreatly after except £ 10 yearly crown rent. These are the circumstances asnear as I can remember - but what made me take little notice of it was thatthere was a sum of money to be paid of £ 8 or 900 for Glebe House & tho' hesaid Dr Paul would make the payments as easy as possible, yet I told him it wasout of your power to raise such a sum, tho' the greatest part might be repaidby a successor. I should have told you that a good house & 40 acres ofGlebe are in addition to of 600 pounds - turn this in your mind and try ifanything advantageous may be struck out of it.

Poor Johnny Wynne is now numbered with the dead he departedthis life after a few says illness on Friday last occasioned by a violent coldhe recd at Sloan at a dinner given there by Stopford on the Saturday beforewhich fell on his lungs by inflammation.

In a letter I wrote to the Bishp of Waterford the other dayin answer to one wrote to me on his wife's being delivered of a daughr Imentioned you, as being still in South Wales, in very good health and as happyas you could be under very straigthened circumstances - waiting the happyminute when some friend might do something for your relief, I said very littlecould be a help - I think the hint was plain but fear he will not understandit. Our Bishop in Dublin for a week; all here much as in my last - the goodwoman tolerably well - before this I hope Dan has recovered the use of his hand& that I shall soon hear from him & that he will write about thebusiness I mentioned in my last to yr Bishop, Dobson & Stopford who bywriting to his bror might possible hear if some young nobleman in want of abearleader - my loving old Gen believe me ever your these rascally news onchest me of a paper every week I did not get Fridays paper wH is of reason youhave but two

Mr Waller

Apr 8 1871

[Paul's Exchange]

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Allenstown 20 May 1781

My Dear Dan

The very day I recd your last dated the 7th Inst,I had one from Mayne, by which I am informed that our Scheme for the Exchangewith Paul is at an End I fear, as his living is less then we Expected and hisExpectations of that of Navan More then it can I fear ever be brought to Clear£ 500 p ann, -- I shall Say no More of it, as he writes, he has by Letter of theSame date with that Sent to us, given you a very full and perfect Account ofall transactions on that head, do you think an Exchange might be brought aboutfor your Father's living? I fear not, as Paul I Suppose would not be Satisfied,at its distance from Dublin; the only Inducemt to your Father would be a goodGlebe House and Certain Income. Nither of which he has by his present living;when you think of it, let me know.

Tho I have Seen our Nighbour of Ardbarccan, it was only atChurch they returned last week from Dublin, and have been for some days atFortland, when they return, I shall Certainly have Some Chat with him, anddesire his opinion & advise as to the Bearleading Scheme this may lead toperhaps, his opening a little as to future Expaectations; they go off forHarrowgate, the latter end of the month. Not a tittle as yet has come whoSucceeds to C. Pollard. I have not the least hopes of it for if he had anythoughts that way why Should he be so long about declaring it, before he goesoff for England. I suppose it must Come out. I should like your House much, butfear the expense will much Exceed what I purpose laying out wh is at 80 or ahund every thing finished in the plainest manner, the Monsterous Roof Sufficitto Cover 28 feet in the Clear I fear as Timber is now a Monsterous Price wouldbe too expensive - I Should be glad to see the plan and an Estimate of Expansewhen you have leasure I send you the best plan I could draw of the House Imentioned The whole Mason's work case to but £10. I dont doubt but you Mayimprove in this plan. I dont require large Rooms as probably it may hereafterbe inhabited by Some good rich Farmer; I calculate Chiefly for Such aSuccesses: -

I thank God I have got clear of My Complaints - only if Iwalk much or Stand very long My Ancle is apt Still to Swell Against Night -even this I find to decrease from hence I Expect no further Confinemt. I cantSay My Dame has been quite Currt for Some days but hope Soon to give a betterAcct however - considering all that has happened She is wonderfully well. weare all now here the Maynes & youngs Excepted Heylands left us thismorning.

Nothing more offers at present but to wish you happynessfrom Each one of this House -

Yours ever WW

a happy Minute to my poor Dear Mary Health etc. to MY OldFriend

MR Waller

May 20 81-

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My Dear Sister - Bath June 27th 1781

We arrived here safe last Thursday haveing accomplishedfully all our purposes we stayd six weeks at Cheltenham & a fortnight atMalvern, where for years I have been wishing to spend some time from theapparent beauty of the place & we were not disappointed - a great Singlehouse built almost agst the precipice so that we go out of the back-door up twopairs of Stairs, we lived at the boarding table for the first time & foundit not unpleasant, the top of the hill divides Worchester & Herefordshires,two finer counties there are not - Zig Zag terraces cut out of the side of thehill make the Ascent easy - a mile & ½ up, & think of your affectionatebrother, that stumpd it up thrice - the view from the top is transcendentlybeautiful, three Cathedrals, four or five large towns, a multitude of Spirespeeping thro one continued orchard or plantation but the inequality of thesurface lessens as you assend & of course the beauty is less striking themore extensive, it put me in mind of this trifling life, the longer we live,the nearer we approach to heaven, the plans, the buziness the struggles of lifebecome less pleasing of future happiness widens upon us & becomes everyhour more extensive & interesting -

I am exceedingly pleased with the serious turn of yourletters, I trust that you & all of us will be enabled to turn theapplications of this life into blessings, as they are manifestly intended, weare too apt to cling fast to the pleasures & profits of this world, to addhouse & land to land, the hand of providence mercifuly interferes, shows usthe folly of these trifling pursuits, points all our aims to more valuableattainments & thus enables us to improve adversity into blessings

You alarm me exceedingly when you say that my excellentfriend is quite broken down, I cannot think it, Surely his good head &worthy heart, that could so well guide a friend in affliction, will not himselfdraw evil instead of Good out of the wise dispositions of providence evil Icall it, for what could be more fatal to his family or afflicting to hisfriends, than any thing that would endanger a life so valuable - it is myearnest prayer to God to Comfort him & all of us & to avert from us soheavy an evil - poor Mrs Welsh is often with us; she is at a less how todispose of herself, £ 200 given her some time ago & 300 bequeathed, willproduce a very scanty maintenance I advise her to purchase an annuity - 500 ayear present maintenance to the young lout & the remainder after the deathof the mother, he was here at the time, I will not say his conduct hastened herbut it must have vexd her exceedingly, & the young lady was growing ratherungovernable - £ 4000 to her, £ 1000 to Catherine & 2000 to the younggentleman that is lame, are all the legacies & it is sayd she had as muchanon. She was buried sumptuously at Weston, her death was more like atranslation than a mortal exit.

Poor Ann Atkinson is almost at her last gasp at theHot-wells - the Blackers are well Mrs Dunkin is selling herself at Kensingtonin a small house her husband is not yet gone - they talk of his going by landas an express -

Mrs Staples has got two falls lately & the consequenceit is feard will be fatal to her -

the Strodes I find are somewhere with her brothers I daresay they will contrive to cross upon you probably on their road betweenConnaught & the North -

this morning for the first time I was electrified & gotseveral small shocks on my hip I am determined to spend some few guineas on anexperiment that cannot hurt me, that may possibly & I trust will serve me -

I am sorry that poor Dan is dissappointed & more so thathis father is so badly payd, we must all have our struggles they are tryals ofour patience & resignation, when I look back on our past life & reviewa number of evils, heavy to our feelings more so in imagination, how easy theywere born or how soon they vanished. One fear succeeding another most of thempurely vain, it begets in me a reliance on providence, it maked one lookforward to a happy issue to all our presents fears & wants, & I havenot the lest doubt, but that every wish & every want that at presentoccupies the heart of my Dr Sister will in the event be satisfied eithervirtually or effectualy & therefore let us threw all our worldly care uponhim & occupy our selves solely with the one thing needful -

My Struggle at present is to make up £ 500 a piece for theLisburn family, upwards of two of which is already in hand, if it pleases Godto spare me for ten years more it will with his blessing be attained with ease& help it forward I send the inclosed receits to my best friend - ten yearsI say, this very day have I attained my grand Climacteric, an idea that naturallyproduces a new strain of moralizing thoughts but that I have alreadysufficiently satisfied you

Vanity of Vanities all is vanity, can this be better appliedthan at the instant that has brought an account of the death of Lady Miller atthe Hotwells of an impostume in her breast before her illness was universalyknown - your affect Sister is purely I bless God for it, you cannot have moreaccect friends than J H S

[addresses to Mrs Waller

Allenstown Navan]

[Written in pencil on the outside: great great Uncle Smith'sletter to my great grand mother. K. Peverley]

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22 July 1781 Allenstown

Before this reaches Penylon I do hope my dear Mary will besafely laid up with a whopping boy by her side & that you my dear Dan willbe half seas over at least as Robin is now writing to you I will postpone everything I had to say to you till meeting - Indeed the only thing worth mentioningwas relative to this Exchange - which the more I think of & consider, themore anxious it makes me to have it perfected if all matters answer ourexpectations; I shall live in hopes of eating a good mess of water [Tuckhe]with my excellent friend Mr Beaufort in the Glebe House of Annamullen, - allwell here except a bad cold which had hung heavy on me for 10 days. Thisdelightful weather will soon drive it quite away. Such delightful hot &charming days I have seldom seen, God continue it, or I shall be undone whohave upwards of 240 acres of corn & hay to make up Never was seen a morepromising harvest and hardly an indefferent field of corn or potatoes to beseen, Harvest just beginning here some been cutt & much more next week, tissooner than I wish - we are going on Tuesday to Mr. Bellfour's for two or threedaus, the paper will inform you of the Grand Appearance at Bellewstown.Blessings & service attend you all

farewell WW

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Cherry Mount: 6 January 1782

Your letter my Dear Dan of the 21 Ult came to me a Post agoas also your Former Letter: Mentioning the Affair of Mayne's Renting the Parishof Annamullin - In that letter you throt hints which if true would greatlylessen Mayne in my Esteem and which I am right Glad I can possitively Say youhad not the least, Not even the most distant Grounds for Surmising, to myCertain Knowledge and also to that of Robin, Your refusal of the Exchangegreatly disstressed & Vexed him, and I promise you nothing could havehappened, that would have given him greater pleasure of More InwardSatisfaction then your Acceptance of the Exchange; I often heard him Say he wasSorry for Your refusal as he was Sure in time the living would Arise to 700 pan if not more; this certainly was his Opinion; and Yet, had I been in hisplace, I should not have ventured there being Still Some uncertainty in theMatter to have gone further then he did to Enforce your Acceptance; but inevery instance would have done just the Same as he did, and when you hadrefused and that for prudent & good reasons, I think if anything was to begot by it, you Should rejoice your Friend got it, rather then Surmise the leastuncandid conduct in him. - I have been the More Explicit in the Matter, as Ifind by Some Letter from Mary to Some one I dont now recollect to whom whereSome Surmises have been Insinuated, which Mayne was heard to Say he was Sure youcould not in Earnest Entertain. We are very Sorry to hear Your poor Sailor hashad need of a Physician, but you give us pleasure by hearing of his being nowbetter - we all came here Yesterday for a few days & intend going hometomorrow or Next day by your last Letter I Should think the News papers had notreached you regularly, I promise you Except Once, there Never was a SundaySince you left this that the 3 papers of the week was not sent to the post -how or whither they have misscarried I cant Say but that they are regularlySent in truth - Robin informed me he wrote to you & Sent your Money offlast week, he is however Idle enugh at writing but I promise you 'tis not forwant of the Sincerest Affection for you & yours.

Most of last week we Spent at BarVilla - paying Complimts onAnn's Marriage with Mr Digby which I Suppose you Saw in the papers I hope theywell be happy for She is an Excellent Girl -

When Persons are removed from Friends they are too apt tothink themselves Neglected & form little Jeleousies of their absent Friends- let not this be the Case with you My Dear - Children, for you may be Assuredof the general Affectn constant rememberances of all your friends here &very particularly So of My Dear Dan & Mary of a Most

Affect loving Father

& Sincere friend WW


We have all had bad colds & Still Some of us hold theremains The weather has been for Several weeks So constantly wett & Stormy& dissagreeable that I fear it will Especially Amongst the poor turn out avery unhoulsome Spring.

My heart Service to my Old good Friend & Sincere wishesfor many returns of happy years & Xmases to him & all under your Roof

Mr Waller Jan 6th 82

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Allenstown 30th March 1782

In One of my Dear Dan's former Letters you mentioned a desireof Some information, relative to Some Old Irish Poems, which I find for Sometime past, has been a Matter Much Agitated Amongst the Learned, All I know ofthem is that About 55, or, fifty Six years Ago, An Old Shepard, who lived in myFather's Service, had an Irish Manuscript wrote in the Irish Character &bound in Vellum, of the Sixe of a thin Octavo, as well as I can recollect. Outof this Book I have heard a relation of mine (who at that time lived in myFathers Family & had from the Old Shepard learned the Irish dialect &could readily translate it) often translate Several parts of Said Book, and ashe informed me was a History of the Giants of Ireland, or great Warriers, Iperfectly remember, Several of their Names, as for instance Pin mac uel, thegreatest Of all the Warriers and Answering in Character to Achiles, in Homer,Usker the Next great man & famous for his remarkable Size & Strengthwhich in Homer was much in the Stile of Ajax - Philtagh, Dermot Dun, Connaan,Much in the Stile of Ulisses, a Comical, Cunning Ardful Fellow - Anf Ofsian oras he Express it Usheen the Bard who writes the Story. Many are theparts & Stories which he related out of this Book, the Scene of Action allin Ireland & Much about Temorriah or Tara Hill, in this County, the OftenMention of the Harp, I should think a Strong instance of the Poem & Scenespf Action being in Ireland for what right had the Scotch to the Ancient Arms ofIreland, you never See it - Mentioned amongst any of the Scottish writers. ThisOld Shepherds Name was OBrien, he died in my Service Since I purchased Rantavanat that place, he left a Son who afterwards lived with me as Bailifs where heis now I cant Say but I have for Sometime past been making Enquiry after him inOrder if Possible to recover this Old Book which I am Stile in hopes may bedone. I have never read the present Poems published by McPherson but am Certainwhen I do I Shall find Many More Particulare, which I say - then recollect, tohave heard translated out of this Book, the person who translated Assured methe Poems were in a most heroick flowing Stile & very Elegant Language.

This all I know of this Matter which convinced me thoroughlythat the Poems were wrote in the Irish Language by Some Old Irish Bard, and Nota Scotch one that however the Present Publisher got the Original (for that itis an Original there can be be not the least doubt) I cant Say; I have been inSearch of the Poems of Ossian but have not Met it in the hands of any Friend, Along Story this, but you have not much Busyness on your Hands so you may takeyour time to Con this over.

We are all tolerably well Again Except Robin who of 10 daysor a fortnight has been confined with a Smart fot of the Gout in both feet, hecan but Just by the help of Crutches Hobble from one Room to Another -

The sudden death of Poor Ralph Smyth gave my Poor wife agreat Shock, but She had now pretty well got over it, It rejoices us to hearhis Son has dealt Generously by his poor Mother & promised to turn out aUseful & good Character, he intends Setting in Ireland, but his MotherMains to Sett up her Staff at Bath, a very fitt place Indeed I think for her.Ralph's Son has a wish to get Mellicient a beautiful place on the River Liffeyin C. Killdare, it is very Dear but I feel it will be too high for him.

Most Matters remain in these parts as in my Last no News,Except the Death of Our Neighbour John Nicholson, who one Fryday Evening lastdeparted this life, by an Eruptive Billious Fever after a few days Illness; hehas for Some time past been in a declining State of Health - His wife will haveno great Cause for Sorrow for he was ver Cross & Pevish to her. She is nowin possession of her Own Fortune which I dare Say is full £ 1800 p ann - he hasleft two Sons, good Boys at School in Drogheda, I cant Say how he has disposedof his Affairs as Monday is fixed for his Interment where I am asked & mainto Attend Robin will not be Able

Tis well I dont write Often Especialy if I Inditeed Suchlong Epistles but you may thank your Owne Curiosity for the greatest part -Farewell, Happyness & Health Attend Your Dwelling & May every Blessingbe the lot of you My Good Mary, My Old Friend & Each individual from theGarret to the Cellar - Sp prays Yours WW

I fear our New Ministry be better then the last but fearthere is no great likelyhood, the last were unfortunate

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Allenstown 5th May 1782

My Dear Children

In the Course of last week I had the pleasure of receivingYour two Last Epistles, the 1st dated the 13th, the lastthe 19th Ultt for a week or ten days past very few men have in thattime undergon more Fatigue, Settling with Tennants & Labourers going andcoming to & From my Several Farms, with other Settlements at the Criticaltime of May, Added to a Jaunt I was forced to take to the City to Answer aRoguish Bill filed by a bad Tennant, these have Occupied my time So as hardlyto be Able to Eat, Drink, or Sleep, and for a week to Come will give me fullEmployment, I shall therefore Shorten this as much as I can.

Lett your English People Say what they will of this poorcountry & its Saviours the Volunteers, I will venture to Assert and timewill prove the Veracity of the Assertion that his Majesty has not, I believe inall his Dominions a Sett of more faithful Steady friends nor better Effected tothe Constitution, that they have asserted an uncommon Spirit to recover theirlost Liberties is Surely Praise worthy, and that we will not be Satisfied withwords only the unanimous Resolutions of our H. of Commons does plainly Shew -that we are Ripe for Rebellion is a Damned Falsehood, but that we ought to haveour rights and that we will have them, the unanimous Voice of the Peopleplainly demonstrate, happy for both Kingdoms if our New Ministry, Consent toour resonable demands without any reserve or Prevarication, 50,000 welldissiplined Men in Arms, Steady in a good Cause are no bad, Spurrs to aScary Adminsn - Our New Goverr Promises fair his Character hitherto open &unreserved. Thus farr, Poleticks. Such a Season as this for Rain, Snow, Frost& Cold, the Oldest Person now living Never Saw, hardly a filed of GreenOats to be seen & this 5th of May. Hundreds of Acres Still toSow especially in the wett ground of the North - Not a blade of Grass, fodderare Expended, many Cattle ready to die for want of food many dead & nolikelyhood of a Change, the Wind Continualy for these Six ir Seven weeks fromN.E. to S.E. Cold as Xmas, now burning up all before it, Corn rising &likely Next Year to be Exceedingly Scarce & dear. I thank you for yourlast, I owne I did get a Letter from you, desiring my opinion about the burntLand, which in truth the hurry I have of late been allways in prevented myanswering - I have reclaimed Some Hundreds of Acres of that Moory ground youMention. My first Step was burning a Sufficiency of the Sod or Surface to coverthe whole ground on Inch or two of Ashes, Spread over it, I then Sowed Rye& trenched it in Ridges of about 6 feet over only taking as much out of thetrenches as was Sufft to cover the seed, better Rye or in greater Quantitiesnever was proved.

At other times I have broke up the ground Early in winterHarrowed it down in Spring & then burned it Spread the ashes hot, plowingit & harrowing & burning a second time & Spreading the Ashes, thisproduced me as fine Turnips as could be desired, but take Notice that the dryerthe Ashes are Spread much the better for if they have got much rain So as topooch them, their Virtue is lost wett Ashes having little of no Effect of Land,the Salts being all worked out & Evapourated.

The Land you describe (if intended for Turnips ought to beplowed a Second time harrowed & well burned the Ashes to be Spread dry asSufficiently to cover the whole Surface & then the Turnips Sown early inJune, that is the first Crop Should fail by fly or any other Accident there maybe full time for Sowing in a 2d time. if it [hitts] it will produce an AmazingCrop of Turnips as good for Cattle as any in the world or for Eating at Table,I think the Red best. - Since they hav Nither Rye nor Rape I Should thinkCabbage a good thing or the Turnip Rooted Cabbage, could they have Sale forCabbage plants no ground produces finer plants or greater Quantities then this.I have produced from this Sort of Land great Crops of Grass particularlyTimothy Grass the Seed of which I Sold to the Amount of £ 19 per Acre, whiteAmerical grass does admirably in it - & if there be Sale of the SeedAnswers very well - So farr for your Quesn in Agriculture. Robin is now able toride, little News in these parts we are all tolerably well & Sincerelyrejoice at the good Health My Old Friend Enjoys & all the rest of you.

Here's a long letter, & if you know how much I have todo you would wish I would leave off, for that, & ridd you of further Stuff,take my Blessing & hearty Service of this House & So I bid you heartlyfarewell WW

Just about finishing My Palace at Rathbran & hope tohave a Comfortable Residence there before Summers over or even very farradvanced

[Addressed to:

Mr Waller

May 5 82

reclaiming moory land]

[written in red ink]

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Allenstown 30th June 1782

My Dear Dan

Your letter of the 14th and one from Mary to ourMary here came by the last post, we are all as well as can be, and Harettas brisk as a bee, without a mark, Phsicg over &c &c. In my last I madea Mistake as to the height of that little Animal, I told you 3 feet one Inch& a half I believe that Since find it one Quar. of an Inch less. Viz. 3 ft1 Inch & ¼. I am in a hurry & cant Stay to answer your Letter now -Robin & I have hitherto Escaped the Influenza, it is everywhere much abated& I hope we Shall Escape. A talk of Waterford being offered Tuam, &that he refused being His Grace, I cant Say with how much truth - but it is notyet filled - Mayne Appointed one of the Provincial Officers for raising the20,000 Men Voted here, is gone to Derry it will be a good thing of him, &he Still keeps his rendivouss in Dublin, this will be a 3 or 4 months Jobb - Idoubt much whither they will be able to raise them, notwithstanding everyMeasure taken by Volunteers Govert & to raise them & the highestpremium every given, it will Amount Nearly to £ 10 a man -

Blessings be with you

farewell WW

a fair prospect of a Plentifull Harvest weather for Somedays rather Cool & Some rain -

you see by the papers that my poor friend Lambert is at lastreleased from the pains & troubles of this life

Mr Waller

July 1 & 7th 82

[Addressed to:

Revd Mr D.A. Beaufort Pennylan near LlanVile South Wales]

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Allenstown 7 July 1782

Your two Letters My Dear Dan of the 14th and 23dUlt now are before me, little have I to Say in Answer as Nothing New orMaterial has happened in these parts Since I wrote last, I can only condolewith you, on the dissapointments your good Father has met with, & thinkwith you that Wm Orr has been Extremely faulty in not getting in Money, forsurely out of even So low Letting as I Suppose it was Let for, much more Musthave been got, tis a hard case and Extremely vexatious; and at this particulartime disstrssing; Just now on the Verge of your removal.

Your desire I would inform you of the might Matters Metgehas done to Occaisin Such & So many Addresses, you realy put a Questionthat I cant Answer for tho I much Esteem Metge and think him worthy honest Manyet I never could See the least Occasion to Address him more then any otherGentleman who Stood firm to the good of the Country, I was an absolute Strangerto the transaction, well I saw them in print his getting the Judge of theAdmiralty & Serjgown was as I am informed Owing to a recommendation of LdLudlow on the Change in England; he is a lucky Rogue for his places which hehas got I am informed is worth £ 1200 p ann he had but one Tickett in our IrishLottery, which being the first drawn Tickett was a prize of £ 100, & afortunate one of £ 10. Thus you see how fortune favours Some People. Tho wehave had in our Publick affairs every Encouragemt our Hearts could wish, I dontfind it has Yet Effected our Marketts for Wooll or indeed any of our Exports thehighest price of wooll is yet only 12 s the lowest 10 s wheat & Corn of allsorts, rose greatly in the Continuence of the bad weather, but of late it hasrather declined the wheat Still gives 30 p barrl our Cattle much as last Year -tis thought & Expected all will rise (Except Corn) toward the latter End ofSummer Our Apples & fruit of all Kinds quite destroyed Several of my Youngpeach trees killed; I dont suppose we Shall make a Hegd of Cyder this Season ortwo basketts of Peaches.

The Influenza has reached this Country & monbers are nowill of it, Most of this House Except Robin and My self, but tho for Some weeksI have had a Severe Cough, yet fear my turn of it Still to come tho I an daylyfor 4 or 5 hours on horseback - I dont hear it has been fatal in this part ofthe world & with care & Sweating Soon goes off.

All Your Friends here very well & little Harrt quiteunmarked, brisk, & lively - Sheep Sheering Road Making, Marleing, Limeing,Plowing, draining, Turf-cutting, blasting Rocks, building Quarrying, Visiting& visited, you will allow enough to Employ one Person; and 1200 Acresdispersed at 10 or 12 Mils Assunder, with broken Tennants at Dunsink to my lossof 350 has beggard me. - from hence you may Guess little Spare time remains onmy hours whatever be the Case in Idleness or hurry I never forget my friends,Your Excellent Father, you, Mary & your young ones have ever my warmestwishes, for every blessing - Adieu WW

I told you in a former Letter a box was filled for you withSome Raggs & Sent to Maynes, who is now at Derry Athboy not yet disposedoff, Nor Arch Br yet filled -

[Addressed to:

Mr Waller

July 7 82]

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Allenstown 13th July 1783

My Dear Dan

These Rascally News Men have Missent, or not Sent at all twoof Faulkners papers of last week, perhaps by the time this reaches you Robin& Young are or have been with you, Should they be with you tell Robin hisHay is going finely on, but the Lime Kiln not yet Set on fire but Expect toSett it going this week as all the Culm was got home in three days, also tellhim his castle at Phelpottstown was Stonr y & I sent them back to yeMountain. Tell Young Nancy is perfectly well & hearty & every thinggoes on at Cherry mount Swimingly

Blessings Attend you all -

dreadfull Acct from the Markett yesterday of [Kebs]

Oatmeal p retale 33 p Cr by wholesale 30

Oats from a Guna to 28 p barl wheat 2 gun p bar

My heart bleeds for the poor Labourer &c -

The weather delightful & Harvest promising herebeginning to Trun will probably be in at 3 w [ ] End if hot dry weather Continues - the Country Nearly [ ] Exhausted I had almost forgot to Inform youthat bigg Billy Gerrard Called here yesterday to make an Offer for your livingin Westmeath, Said that he would give as much as any one for it. Cadd came hereon Sunday last & Said £ 40 p ann was offered as I knew Nothing of theMatter I desired he would postpone Agreeing till I heard from you that Ithought £ 40 too little for you to Lett for Incumbincy I wrote to him to be inno hurry about Letting till further orders -

Mr Waller

July 13 - 1783

[Addressed to:

Revd Mr Beaufort



Fee Geo. Phillipps]

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Mr Waller's Congratulations

Mat 17 88

Rev Doctr Beaufort

Mecklenburg St


Allenstown 17 May 1788

My Dear Dan

No letter ever came within the walls of this house gave moregeneral satisfaction and true joy of heart than your last. My poor woman thro'surprise joy and pleasure could with difficulty keep from tears, the wholeevening: which concluded in drinking the speaker in bumpers indeed. Thesituation so near our little habitation is no small addition to the pleasure wefeel when ever you go there for induction, Ven &c give me timely noticethat we may contrive our meeting at Rathbron. If the two sinecures can be gotit will be great indeed, but even Drummin will be something noble joined toColson, but should Drumcar come, it would be brilliant truly.

You never shall want a friend to assist you while Robin& I live so rest happy in the thought of your being supplied with thehundred you will probably want I hope indeed for the last time as I now amsure, a fund may be applied sufft soon to liquidate all your debts of everykind. Have you any friend who can apply to the Primate? Could Hamilton be ofuse, now on the spot with the Prelate, loose no time in applying to every bodyor anybody

The last money which I have any acct being paid to Armit wasa bill drawn on you 21st June last for £ 4.3.3 ½ for which I see hisrect on the back of the draft. So I take for granted there was a year due orhalf a year at the last end of the year which that simpleton Kellet ought tohave paid or informed me of the demand I now begg you will pay all & settlematters and have the papers stoped sent as usual, with all the wanting papers.We are all tolerably well, and in expectation of the Waterford party being herethe middle of next week -

May this good fortune which now awaits upon you be but anernest of the future & many that good Providence which has hither tosupported you, ever contrive to shower his blessings on you & yours

farewell WW

dont fail to let us hear as often as any step is taken inthis matter Our Bishop is in town therefore this must be pd out of your fund

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Wm Waller

Jan 11 89


Rev Dan Au Beaufort

Mecklembh St


Allenstown 10th Jany 1789

The last post brought my dear Dan's affectionate letter forwhich I thank you, the late stroke of Providence has indeed been severely feltby his house, particularly my poor weak woman and I - but we must submit withresignation to the will of a beneficent Being who knows better by farr what isfit for us than we short-sighted animals can do - We have indeed had severelosses but we must submit and adore the Almighty who has left us still so manycomforts. This will go to you by Alott he will also give you six sheets oflarge paper which I request you will get stamped for leases, a half crown stampI think it must be. His man or someone from him will return here in a week, orthereabouts will you by that opportunity send back this paper stamped and thealmanacks, the silver watch I sent to be cleaned and sett to right by a formermessenger you will also send and at the same time let me know how our accountsstand, that I may keep clear with you.

My poor woman had been struggling before this last strokewhich she still feel heavily, but by hurrying her from place to place, and bythat man's taking of her attention to particulars I hope soon to tell you wehave got over this distress we have suffered of late - farewell my dear Dan& Mary may the Almighty dispense of all good & happiness in this lifesend blessings on you and your children

Amen! Amen! WW

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Allenstown 10th July 1789

My dear Dan

Yesterday I returned from Rathbron but as I was there onlyone day found so much employment as not to be able to make an excursion toCollon, however I was not unmindfull of your affairs and find the grass on yourfarm which is greened is very great, and that people there particularly JackKieran would be glad to take if for 3 months this I think will answer betterfor you than putting any kind of stock on it as the season is so farr advancedI have therefore taken on me to write to Cadd to go there on Sunday next &try what can be done, a pound of perhaps a guina per acre may be had I dare sayfor that time - I have done all I could to get you one hundd of turf but theseason is so late and the weather so bad I felt we shall not get it done to anygood purpose but every means shall be used to provide it if possible

You got I hope my letter with a five guina note enclosed topay winter six pounds which I hope is done I now also inclose a fifty poundnote which I begg may immediately be paid into Latouches Bank for acct ofWaterfords Bill and an accountable recd got for it on Billn acct & sent to

My dame has been but poorly but is rather better and nowgets out a little Robin in West Meath hurryed there by a special messanger fromRalph Smyth to begg his presence as his mother was at the very point of deathhaving had a fitt or two which it was thought she could not survive many hours- all the rest well here best wishes attend your house Yours ever Wm Waller

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Shrewsbury. 14th June 1790 -

The last post brought me my Dearest Marys Latter dated the11th Mar and I are quite happy that Dan got to Town So convenientlyand oppurtunly, to accommodate all matters for the Setting out of Frans. Ishould have been quite miserable had any delay happend or any inconvenienceOccured by Dans being here, for the he was a very principal Opperator in ouraffairs here, Yet I would rather they were all matterually delay'd then that heshould be kept one Hour longer then he could be spared with Safety to hisaffairs. I thank Dan for the Stockings he Sent me I like them well and they arelarge enough. I owe him half a Crown on that Acct which let him not forgett -

I am concerned I quite forgot when Dan departed to Send anOrder for Boggs money about the will &c. I now Send an Order on my FriendMr Antrobus for £ 25:5: which is the amount of his demand, I begg that Dan willget the money for him, and let him know with my complemts I should have wroteto him in answer to his Civil Leter were it not for the Double Postage whichwould be charged upon it; but you see I dont Spare poor Dan -

The Cert has been only finished this day, it will taketomorrow and the next day to Settle all my Affairs here, but on Thursday, Sometime on that day, I hope Early to leave this pleasant City Never More to Settmy foot in it, which I promise you I shall in no wise regret. Three weekstomorrow have I spent here, how pleasantly Dan can tell. - Two Letters fromAllenstown informs me Most Agreeably that all are well there - One from RobinSays Ra. Smyth is going to be married to Miss Tenison, who has £ 10,000 - Iwish it may be so - This would be a better Fish then the mentioned inYours -

Robin writes that he dined at Lukes the other day and foundhim in a very declining way the Dublin Physns Say he is better Since he cameunder their Inspection that he had been very improperly treated, his disorderbeing a Palsey & not Gouty - have stoped all medicines, have ordered assesMilk & nourishing light diet - he is greatly fallen away even to Skin &Bone.

If a Letter cant Arrive here before Thursday at 10 OClockbid dan writ but dont write here otherwise as I shall Certainly get away ofpossible Some time on that day.

I wish I had time to transcribe part of a Miscelanous LetterI have Just red from Allenstown from the Groupe of Females that inhabit thatMansion - it gives the willow that was Sent to Nichs Coddington on AnnWarrens Marriage if possible

I can have So much time will transcribe it, for tis realCurious & wrote by Kate - Nothing New Stirring here - I Say no More butMost truly with Success to our young Saalor, Midshipman I mean I beggthe Genls Pardon

Farewell my Dear Children believe me

Yours ever WW

[Addressed to:

Revd Doctr Beaufort

Margaret Street

Cavendish Square


[The seal used in closing the letter is the mark of theWaller coat of arms.]

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Dublin: 27th: Jun 1790

I wrote a few words to you My Dear Dan the Eve of My Landingon Thursday last, which gave you the Account of Road proceedings thus farr -

This Morning brought me your Agreeable & pleasing Letterdated the 21st which I hasten to Answer, as you inform me ofExchange being favourable, I would wish to get as Soon as I can, the Bill whichremains in Mr Antrobus's hands; which According to my Account after deductingthe Hund which he is Entitled to by will amounts to £ 433:03:7 which may beremitted if you find Exchange favourable; if not dont Send it, till it is; as Iam not in imediate want of it, but the Sooner it comes the better as it willStop Some Debt here which pays Interest.

The Amount of the Sale at Shrewsbury Including £ 80 for theCarriage was £ 432:12:1 much less then I had Calculated for it in my own Mind -I have with the Amount of it paid of every Shilling which was due atShrewsbury, Legacys included: Except Mrs Congreves which I had not Money to do,without taking that which was in Antrobuses hands, which had destined for otheruses - 'tis incredible the Sundry demands I had on me, for Including the Legacyto Poole & yr Infirmary I have Expended on way or other Near £ 900, Mygoods I got of the Customs house readyly as Old Friend went with me, and half aGunea given the proper person brought all my Ten Carriages Safe out, Most ofthem never opened more than Just to See they were all Linen & wearingApparel &c. They Never desired to open one of the Boxes they were all OldPrints & Books, and Away I brought them with great Ease to my Mind, and nowhave them Safely lodged in Youngs house waiting for Carriages from the Countrywhich I have wrote for

I rejoice that Frans has got a good Birth, he will Soon makehimself Friends and I dare Say will be an Honour and Comfort to us all.

Volmy, I have read only the first Vol. it is tediousI think but yet there is Some good useful knowledge in it, Speerman Idont know if it has a good Character get it, as our Accts of Africa arevery inacurate as far as I have ever Mett. by all mains get the New Addn ofL'Londe British Constitution and let me know as Soon as you can the fate ofmy Collection of Old Books - Some of them I may Justly call Old indeed. Munbides me tell you that he does not know what to do with the Letter for LordAllen & desires your instruction on that head.

I have this moment recd a Letter from Allenstown by theHorses Just Arrived; all well there - I intend Setting out tomorrow for theCounty Wicklow, where I Shall not Stay above two or three days at farthest, mypoor Friend Scott being dangerously ill of the Gout in the head & Stomach,but I Shall go See Bess and our Friend at Dalgany.

Your Son William is here at Maynes and perfectly well he iswith us dayly, we Shall now get him down for Allenstown as Mayne and Lorg willin a fortnight (if not Employed in the Maretime Still) go to the Country, Sheis much better tho Still an Ugly dry Cough hangs over her, he and the Childrenare all perfectly well as is Your Mary Ann a Sweet good and engaging Child,Sensible & Prudent, She is indeed truly Amiable.

All Your Friends have been enquiring Since I came here whenyou & Yours are to be over. I tell them Next Month Some time, which we hopemay be the fact, You will now I hope hurry off your affairs as fast as possiblefor People here will think you are Idling Your time there and Making a muchlonger Stay then Necessary for the perfection of your Mapps &c. - when Ihear from you the fate of my Cargoe of Books, I Shall be better able todetermine about others that may be got, and you will also Enquire after anyusefull Entertaining, well recommended Books for me. Enquire after [Prase] Ican think no More at present but to tell you what you My Dear Mary & FannyI hope already knows that an Affect Father loves you all Passing well Adieu

Wm Waller

Take Care to get a proper rect from Antrobus for the HunddPound Legacy which must be on a 40 Stamp. - Get the Bills on this Country at asShort Sight as you can & the Sooner they can be conveniently Sent thebetter, provided Exchange be favourable -

I have advised Antrobus of the draft

My Dear Dan I recd yours & wonder at my Mistake Abt nutit is no Matter, as I have Engaged Comadore Cosby who is here on his way toLondon, there was Nothing in Your Letter of any Consequence, it will to get youSpake to Mr Bellingham who is secrety to my Lord Chattem - to have me Appointedin Dublin if yr war goes on - All well here with love &c Yours Ever RtMayne

[Addressed to:

Revd Doctr Beaufort

Margaret Street

Cavendish Square


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London May 31st 1794

Dr Sir

When you were with me in Burton Street if you remember; youwere so kind as to say you Thought a Friend of yours, would much likely take myPictures at the price of 30 Guineas, if Mr Beresford did not purchase them; Ishould be much obliged to you to tell me whether you have seen That Friend; andwhether he is agreeable to have them, provided Mr Beresford declines Them. I shallesteem it a favour to be informed from you respecting Them, as soon asconvenient; I beg my best Compts to Mrs and Miss Beaufort, and beg leave tosay, I shall be happy to hear that Young Lady goes on with her Crayons; if sheshould want Vellums, or any other Thing respecting the Drawings in my power, Ishall be always ready to supply her with a thousand Thanks for your kindattention to me I have the honour to remain

Dr Sir

Your Humble Servant

De La Houlyesse

[on the outside:

May 31 95

De la Houlien]

[Addressed to:

Revd Dr Beaufort

at Collen


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Oh Lord! God! of Heaven and Earth Saviour and SantyfierEternal three yet ever-blessed one thou didest create and doth preserve usaltho so glorious great and highly exalted above our comprehension yetdeighnest to surround us on every side we find thy supporting hand but how canwe comprehend thy greatness or duly Magnify thy wonderous redeeming Love yetdidest thou desire little Children to be brought unto Thee more than once broughtthem to Thy Bosom and Blessed them and rebuked those that wouldest have keptthem from thee thou didest not dispise the Infant-state but didest become onethyself born in humility Laid in a Manger make us humble to Thy divine word andwill ready to Learn every good thing thankfull to Thee: for those thou hastappointed to instruct us and as we grow in years above all earthly things makeus thine this we beg for thy redeeming Love's sake. Amen. Amen.

Wednesday July 23 - 1794

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London June 20 1796 -

My Dear Harriet

Yesterday made me very happy by having recd your veryagreable and pleasant Letter which was doubly wellcome to me as to all the restof the party now here by bringing us pleasing accounts of your Grand-fathersreturning health and most sincerely hope that a good fit of Gout will set upfor years, I wish he would have something more done to his Ears, as the littlethat has been done has served him - and then Beaufort might go with morecertainty to the Ear Doctor - I have got into the hands of an Eye Doctor andfind myself much better - - he has Given me Great comfort by telling me that mycomplaint is merely in the lids and that my sight is in no danger, and I findall his applications are to the lids only - but as to the main business, littleor nothing is as yet done - - the order from the Treasury not yet had; howprovoking that I should come over for at least a month after I did - I shouldhave been time enough the middle of next month - - however we are promised theorder tomorrow and believe it will be got - your Father, Mayne and I sat 5hours in the Treasury last friday waiting for Mr Rose to speak to us - - atleast we saw him and Mayne has got an Order to secure to himself and yourFather the shilling a Pound for collecting so that so far we did some good andtomorrow our Grand Order for the money will be obtained when got - the rest ofthe business will be put into Train against the Transfer Books open - this daywe dine at Mr Gasttins in the Country which will cost us our yellow Guinea forthe Equipage, and on Wednesday the Maynes & I dine at Chelsea with LordCremorne - to be sure you would wonder to see me how well I look in my newCoat, white waist Coate, Black Culotes and silk stockings as white as the Driven Snow -

I dined with the Cusacks last week Mrs Cusack much betterand talks of returning to Ireland shortly after she has drank some waters onthe road - - the Meredyths are at last gone to Bath. poor Sir Richard veryindifferent indeed - - the rest very well and glad to leave Brompton, youruncle & Aunt Mayne Betty & I intend to take a Jaunt to see the greatChannell Fleet that is now collecting at Portsmouth, I wish every one of youbelonging to Allenstn were of the Party - I should then consider myself happyand at home again - we go from Bertsmouth to Bath & Bristol where we shallremain only two Days - I wish to see the Wallers at Bristol & my Aunt Smythat Bath - the Maynes have business at both Bath & Bristol so that we shallremain together all the Journey - I hope your Aunts Nose is by this timerelieved from the Wen you mentioned and that She is quite well as to her Cough- I never knew She had a Wen on her Nose till you mentioned it as to the set ofChina you mentioned - I hear that China of that sort is quite out of fashionand not the thing at all now - a much more new fashion is expected in the nextIndia Ships and I believe I had better wait to see that before I buy - myThrashing Machine will be shipped this week and I will consign it to Mr Dease -the Doctor you mention is really a curious one - who cures without medicine,but Betty seems to prefer Doctor Turton who has ordered her some things and Sheis much better - her Nose almost quite cured - - but the last operation Sheunderwent for it was very painful - - the root pulled out was amazing large& deep sunk in the flesh and gave her great pain in pulling out [ ] [covered by sealing wax] I have not heardfrom your Uncle Young yet but hope I soon shall - I shall write to him nextPost at all events - Harry Maxwell & Mr Vernon dined at your Fathers onSaturday last - Harry looks but indifferently, tho he says he is quite well -Mr Maxwell & Lady Lucy set out this way for Ireland - no account fromFrancis since he saled nor is it known where he is gone - but it is believedthat Lord Hugh Seymour & his Fleet are gone after the Dutch Fleet to India- - as soon as we get our order from the Treasury I shall write directly to myFather to whom present my most afft Duty with my best wishes for a good accountof him - - my Love to your Aunt - to yourself - Marcus, Miss Blacker, theYoungs & Nobles - how is little William - believe me my Dear Hariot

Yr ever Afft & Loving Uncle

[Addressed to:

Miss Waller

Miss Beaufort



Mrs Waller


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London Feb 15 1797

My Dear Hariot

I arrived here last Saturday Evening and found your Fatherperfectly well - I wish I could say as much for myself - I got cold in Dublinwhich I increased at Sea - and have added to since I came here - - and Havevery bad these Two or Three days - but as this day much better and hope to besoon well - I recd your very agreeable Letter of the 4 - - and am much obligedto you for it, and hope for a continuance of your correspondence - I was inhopes thursday to have had a Letter as in your last you said your Dear Aunt hadincreased her Cough and was then but very indifferent, I am sorry for the lossof poor H Thompson - he was a good Boy - I hope all the rest are well as I wishthem - I find now I was full time enough in coming here - and indeed had Iknown circumstances; might have remained longer at home, as Ralph Smyth whosepresence is absolutely necessary to finish our Business has had a fever and arelapse and can not come to Town, this prevokes me very much but I find thatPatience is the only cure for misfortunes we can not forsee or prevent - HamWade lives in the same lodging we do, he is very well and is much with us, heis detained here waiting for leave from the Regiment to go home - we dine togetheralmost every Day - - which makes it pleasant to both Partys - my cold has beenso bad I could not go to the Play yet - I fear your next Letter will bring meacct of my poor Friend Deases release I hope your Aunt will be so good to askMrs Coddington and poor Mrs Dallas & her children to Allenstown - be sogood to tell your Uncle Young - that I would write to him - but have nothing tosay to him yet worth the expence of a Letter - that Just to request of - if hehas so much of mine in his hands to give your Uncle Heyland one Hundred Poundsand to take a receipt as so much of my Fathers Legacy bequeathed to theChildren of Robert Heyland - this money is for William Heyland who has run outall the money he got last summer - and has sold all his Things. Hat,Regimentals, Watch, Sword, Gorget, and even his Shirts in an uncreditable andnasty manner - and now ordered out to sea - if he can be refitted in time - Iam vexed to the Heart with the accounts I have of his foolish conduct - butwill not yet give him quite up - I presume the Heylands are now with you - ifso - tell Mrs Heyland I would answer her Letter - in your next I shall hear howmy Troop is going on and also all the little occurences of the Country - whichyou are so clever at collecting and which give me so much pleasure to hear -especially from your fair hand - and be sure tell me how my sweet little Fannyis - her disorder must have been very distressing to such an Infant, I had themisfortune to miss seeing Francis, he had but left Town a very few days beforeI came - if poor Dixie is gone let me know what he has left Ann Dallas - andwhether he has left Robert Waller or his Father any thing - - I fear he has notleft the Wallers any thing - as Ralph Smyth is not able as yet to come hereyour Father & I propose to take a short excursion to Bath for a few days -where I must go before I return to Ireland where I wish I was this moment - butwhen I shall have that happiness I can not at present conjecture, as somedifficultys have started in respect to our giving security for the money thatthe Crown must have on our getting Administration - and whether [ ] shall return with out now [ ] putting an end to the trouble some businessor not - I dont yet know - the weather here is uncommonly cold and disagreableconstant fogs and small rain - I shall long for another letter from Allenstownfull of good accounts of you all particularly your Aunt - to whom give my bestLove as also to all the Household - Mun, the Youngs - Heylands & & -and believe me - -

my Dear Hariots ever true and most

sincerely afft Friend

R Waller

you dont say whether Mrs Ruxtons Veil is to black or whiteor whether of lace of gauze & yr Father & I dont know how to order it,tho' we have held many consultations on that head - your Father sends his Loveand would wrote to you this day had not I wrote - he will write next Post -

[Addressed to:

Miss H Beaufort




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London March 7 1797

direct for us at

No 28 St Alban's St

My Dear Hariot

Your Letters are always wellcome but not ever more so thanyour last which I recd the very day I wrote my last dispatch to your Aunt - Imust say it was wrote rather in a Puff at the strict silence you all had socautiously observed for so many days - but the moment I saw your fair andwellcome hand, than the mist dispersed, and all was Peace and clear Sun Shineagain - I am sure I partake somewhat of the Feelings of you Ladys who as soonas their Travel is over they forget all and are in Charity with the Person thatcaused it - but apropos - are you sowing Oates yet - the weather has been mostuncommonly fine here and dry - tho' very cold and attended in the mornings withcold wet Fogs - I have got rid of my first cold by my Jaunt to Bath &Gloster - - but have got another attended with a sore Throat - - but as oneDevil drives out another I presume I shall get rid of this by getting a worse -I have seen but one Play since I came here - - and really think I have no greatloss - for the New House of Drury lane is so very deep and large I find itdifficult either to see or hear well - - I shall try the other House - Just totry whether the fault is in myself or in the formation of the House - it woulddo your heart good to see how regularly & pleasantly we live, Your Father,Mayne and Noble self, breakfast at home, have our hot Rolls and a Mascon ofButter - and eat like Soldiers - we adjourn to dine at some Table Dote - neverless than six Hogs - drink our Two Bottles of Port and then return to our home- go to Bed supperless, for various reasons, first, that it would be costly,and of course unwholsome and next, that we may dream with clearer Heads of theDear & beloved friends we have left at home, whom I promise you I neverforget - either in my morning or Evening meditations - you tell me that Ruxtonhas taken my Charger - but you dont say whether he has paid for him - nor doyou tell me whether my other Charger is well yet from his lameness, these areall material questions, which woud suit that idle Fellow Marcus betterthan you - if any Letters on business of any Sort come for me, be so good togive them or send them to your Uncle Young - with my best regards to him &Nancy - who I am very glad to hear is better - - poor Dixies recovery or ratherresurrection suprises and gives me great pleasure - I wish I coud make him whathe was in days of yore - I shall be sure to buy the Stockings yr Aunt desiresas also the Sermons, but fear I shall not have the means of bringing thematters for the House you desire, as I find the Cash we shall have to receivehere will fall vastly short of our calculation - - I shall however bring themarking Ink and the colours you wish for - but when I can flatter myself withhopes of returning I can not as yet precisely fix - for the material part ofour business is still undone and I fear will still remain in the disagreablestate till Mr Pitt has got over some of the business which now presses heavy onhim - Patience they say is a virtue - but when forced is rather the opposite -I hope I shall soon hear from Mun that he has recd Ralph Smyth [ ] and disbursed them - - I hope [ ] Callaghan pays you - Sixp [ ] two shils & Two pence a month [ ] not - send to him for it - and tell yourgood Uncle Young that a few line from him, when he has time, woud be a Cordial- - I have nothing pleasant to tell him or or I woud do it - tomorrow we fastand Pray and finish our Devotions with Mrs Jermy at a game of Cards - this daywe dine at Mr Kingstons - - and as I am going backwards am to tell you that wedined last Saturday at Mr Newcome's - - pray tell Mrs Noble with my Love thatthey are all well and enquired kindly for her - and that her friend Miss Mascalwill write by me to her - I presume they Heylands are now with you - I wish Iwas with them - pray present my best regards to them and tell them how much itdestresses me that I am obliged to be absent - my most afft regards & Love- - and when you take a large Portion of any Love to yourself - to which youare justly entitled, distribute the remainder to Betty, Ann, Marcus, Fanny, theNobles Youngs & & an believe me my Dr Hariot ever truly Yours RW

Your Father has not got a Letter these ten days - and neverhad one from Collon - - as promised

[Addressed to:

Miss Hariot Beaufort




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Miss Hariot Beaufort




London March 13 1797

My dear Hariot

I take the opportunity of a free cover just to scribble avery few lines in great haste to tell you that I recd your letter of the 5thon the 9th (a quick passage) and to thank you for letting me knowthat your dear Aunt was then better and flatter myself that by this time she iscompletely well under your tender care and kind attention we have done nothingin our business yet nor do I know when we shall be able to get away - it isreally most provoking to be detained here doing nothing and I should have beenin as good time now - as when I was dragged from my home - Mr Pitt has not timeto look at our memorial - nor can I say when he will is so very full of moreimportant business, all we have got for it is Christian Patience which I am nowobliged to exert doubly as I have not a small touch of the gout to add to mymisfortunes - but hope that it will be but a slight one - my foot was swelled agreat deal yesterday and in great pain but it is this day much more easy - andI hope will soon take its departure - I fortunately subscribed to a circulatinglibrary and have books from thence - have read Henry and Common Sense a verypretty little book and have now sent for the Black Penitents - in short if theCourt continues and Mr. Pitt pleases to keep me I shall read through the wholelibrary - Marjore is quite tired of doing nothing here therefore is in thegreatest hurry to return to Gloucester to do the same and leaves us tomorrowmorn till we send for him - he has not been well and has consulted Dr Suttonwho has been of service to him - tell Betty Doctor Turton inquires for her - ifyou want oat meal desire Coursey to send 15 barrels of oats to the mill whichis 5 barrels more than I used to send - and the last meal was out - two orthree months earlier than usual - as to my horse I told Ruxton in Dublin hisbill was 30 guins but I would not wish to deal hardly by him and there foremust take what pleases him above 25 guins - but dont tell him this - onlymention it to your uncle Young whose good natured letter came to comfort meyesterday and really cheered me tho' in great pain - I should write to himdirectly I am glad to hear the Haylands are well - Bob Hayland called on ushere last week and got a little cash to take him home he said he would go toAllenstown to see his father as soon as he landed - the poor man wasdisappointed of money here and could not have got home without our assistance -hope Marcus is well - I presume his whole time is taken with the cavalry - andthat he has not time to write - as I never recd one line from him since I leftAllenstown - but I presume he wisely considers the expense of postage to me OnSaturday night we went to see Mrs Siddons play the Grecian Daughter and I thinkit was 3-6 well laid out - the house was rather thin notwithstanding her powerswhich are great indeed - and the farce was Sir John Jarvis & Spanish Fleet- the battle was as well represented as we could expect [ ] I am glad our assizes are so late, as I may[ ] chance to be at them - you nevertold me [ ] about the arms that were foundin Stile's [ ] or what became of him orwhose they were [ ] Could not haveconcealed them from the Defenders [ ]Post just gone by - and no letters for me - but [ ] not be unreasonable - you are my comforter[ ] to me very often for which I am verymuch obliged and once a week from you is all I can desire - any time [ ] expired and your father going to take hismorning walk to the Treasury - therefore as he takes this with him I mustfinish this with my afft love and regards to your aunt, the Haylands, Betty AnnMarcus & Fanny, the Nobles, Youngs and the poor Coddingtons, and last, tho'not least to yourself believe me dear Hariot

Yours ever afft


direct 28 St. Alban's St

Pall Mall

and send me the Evening Post folded up as your mother willshow you my love to her & the girls, send it twice a week

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London March 25 - - 1797 -

My Dear Hariot

Yesterday brought me your long pleasant and most wellcomeEpistle, and I Assure you I laid down my Novel of little Dolves toperuse those lines more than once or twice and allways found myself the morepleased the more I read them - they were allways wellcome to me but none somuch as yesterdays as I was made uneasy by Muns Letter, which said your DearAunt was still poorly - you have relieved my mind however and I must confessmyself obliged to you as usual - I have now no trouble on my mind for the healthof any of my Dear Friends but my worthy Friend Young whom you say has had agreat cold, and oppression, which alarms me, as his Lungs are but weak - I wishthey were as strong as his good Nature and kindness - I am rejoiced however tohear your Aunt Young is well - as to myself I am still but poorly, the Goutremains on me - but not so badly as to keep me entirely within doors - - I canwalk a little and yesterday went with poor Richard Burgh to see a new inventionto carry people and great weights to a great distance and very smoothly too,without horses Bullocks or even Dogs - it is called the Autograff, and is tomove rapidly by mechanical operation, what say you to this. I intend to buy oneto call all the women to Church or Mass one Man keeps it in motion with greatease - it has not yet been put in motion - nor entre'nous - do I believe itever will without horses, asses &c - if it does I shall never doubt ordespair of seeing mountains shipping about - but poor Burgh is so sure of theperformance of this Autograff, that he has already proposed to carry all thedespatches to India by contract, it really is a very ingenious Machine if itcan be prevailed on to move - your Narative of my Domestick matters is verysatisfactory. I believe in my last I mentioned everything you talk about -except having the meadows at Balrath shut up - I shall therefore be muchobliged to Marcus to ride over there and order Christy Maguire to shut up Twoof them directly - - I also forgot to mention Burn the gardener who must leavethe House directly - - but as he owes me money - his Cow should be kept till Iam secured the Cash he owes me - I think it better to buy Seed Barley than sowmy own which is dirty and tell Murry so - there shod also be 25 Barrels ofBarley made into Malt - tell this also to Murry - I think Marcus was a greatass to accept of a Commission - he had now Honor without Pay - formerly he hadsome little Pay and woud have had more as I should have apointed him permanentserjeant - but now that is over - for an officer can never decent - I wish Iwas among them but alass I see noimmediate chance for any being able to get home - as our business still remainson hands - tho' it has got a little move lately from Mr Pit to Sir WilliamPultney - and there it sticks now - but I presume your Father, who is nowwriting, will give a particular acct of it - your directions as to Mrs CollardsEye Caste, too much at large, for you must know there are more Houses behind StDunstans Church, than behind Ardbrackan Church - and how to find out the happyHouse that woud enable me to oblige the Fair Collard I dont know - - I shallget Miss Lambert the Pencils - also for your Fair Hand - I must now take leaveof you my Dear Aunt &c &c &c - and desire you to remember

your ever afft R W

I knew George Thompsons marriage long ago from [ ]

[The outside of this letter is covered with lists of namesand columns of accounts]

[Addressed to:

Miss Hariot Beaufort

Allenstown Navan Ireland]

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London August 18 - 1797 -

My Dear Hariot -

I find my self obliged to write once more - but hope thismay be the last Letter you will receive from me from the detestable Place - ourbusiness is now on the last Count of being settled and I hope we shall be ableto leave this about the begonning of the week after the next or in plainerwords about monday or Tuesday sennight - expecting every Post to have been ableto tell you this - I postponed writing in answer to your last Two Letters - buthope you will now accept my thanks for them - they were more than I deservedfrom you, as I have not been punctual in writing to you, but you must know Ihave been engaged in a very particular manner these some days, and veryagreably too - A Lady young, and beautiful and truly virtuous, and tho' verylow as to rank - yet is truly admirable - no more or no less than a Beggar Girl- She had resided in this House for some days - and has had the good Fortune,not only to please me but even to engage your Father, who has had her on hisbed Chamber when I coud spare her - and she had the Policy to engage hisaffections - what think you of this my sweet Hariot - but dont say one word ofthis Entanglement either to your Mother or your Dear Aunt who I hope is quitewell and recovered her Cough - Oh how I long to Buss you all - but why theDevil dont you send the News Paper - or what hinders that cursed Cur atCullon to send your Fathers - may he never see my bonny Beggar Girl - Mun Noblesurprised us all here most agreably last Saturday morn - he has got Lodgings inthe House with us and we are very happy together, Mayne also is under the sameroof and Ralph Smyth within a few Doors of us - we all breakfast to gether inthese Lodgings, and dine together at the sign of the Hand & Pocket, when noone is so charitable to give us the Invite - which we never refuse, whenoffered us, we dined at Mr Newcome's yesterday, and I had the pleasure ofhearing & seeing that Mun was very much liked by the three Females there,who told me privately - he was a Nice Man - a very Nice Man indeed -tell Mrs Noble this with my Love, he has been at Ramela & Vaux hall, andhas seen many more wonders - this day Ham Wade drags him about to the Pamerama- the Museum &c &c - but I had nearly forgot to tell you that BarryMagusty is on the vertical Point of Matrimony with Miss Murry - a Daughter ofGeneral Murrys - a very good looking young girl - of a very genteel family& good connections and if Fame speaks true £ 10000 in Cash - this last isreally a weighty reason why these two should be Joyned together - I really amvery much rejoyced at this - for he really one of the best natured Creaturesand the most obliging, I ever knew - I am sure he has been so to me since Icame here - your Father had a sweeping long Letter this day from your Mother -and one from William - as Mun had from Mrs Noble, to be sure it is pleasant toget letters from absent friends especially from those we love - indeed you havebeen particularly good to me my Dear Hariot - in this way - I am certain thatmy Hay is going on well - the Corn growing well Cattle fatning well - the Bunchmaking well - and that every thing is going on well at least you wishes Ibelieve it - therefore that you - your Dear Aunt and every Individual may nowbe well and continue well is the nearest wish to the heart of your ever trulyAfft R W

I rejoyce to hear that poor Ruxton is at last got homeremember me to them all -

[Addressed to:

Miss H. Beaufort

Allenstown Navan Ireland]

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Lisburn Nov 16 1799

Dear Mrs Elinor

as you have given up your heart to be the Lords continue towalk in his foot steps, study to pleas him avoiding every thing that he hasforbidden in his word, and taking his Laws for your rule, at the Same time inthe deepest Sense of your total inability to your Self to be faith full dependwholy apon him, for the power, who is ever ready to asist you and to hear allyour prayers, he incouraged you to draw nigh to him with humble boldness, bymany gratious invitations promises, hisname and his nature is love only on your part Shun every evil and if you havebeen unfaithfull Or of your guard instantly return confessing and forsakingwhat was amis, look up for pardon thro, the Good that makes the wounded whole,the Lord will speak peace to his people, be strong let not your hands be weakfor your work shall be rewarded, the Lord knoweth the days of the right andtheir inheritance Shall be for ever, faint not cast yourself on the unboundedmercy of God thro, a crusified redeemer and lean upon him, or trust in him withall you Soul, to them that had no might he increaseth strength, he that overcometh shall inherit the crown to conquerers due, keep looking to Jesus, and ifa Cloud should interveen, come again and again, till it is removed give notover your plea till he sais what will hold in he never said to any Seek ye myface in vain, but remember he is also a jalouse God fear to offend him.

I feel that God is love unbounded imeasurable love I long tolove him with greater ardor and to See him and cast my Soul at his feet, thetime hastnes mau I be found ready amen may every blood bought blessing attendyou and your dear sisters and parents I love you in him that is first of thelast the adorable Jesus our Lord to him eternal Glory with Father and everblessed spirit near to with out and pleas to send the manascript poems prbearer if any thoughts acur I might write in it, Sometimes it gives vent to theinword breatheing of our Soul when you see mis mina pleas to give my mostaffectionet love to her who am

yours in the best of Masters

D Johnson

[Addressed to:

Mis Eli Stewart]

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My Dear Hariot

I had the pleasure of receiving your last letter and theonly line I had since I left you all - I began to fear you had one and allforgotten me - but as your letter gave me so good account of your healths andof your amendment I forgive you one & all and pray that such good accountsmay be continuing once a week till I have the happiness to seeing you I dinedat Somerville and slept there that night - I was recd in the most friendlycheerful manner by all, but most particularly so by her Ladyship - who, themoment she saw me ran to me and kissed three or four times, shook hands with meseveral times, and in short was like a Sister. She is quite unaffected - andmuch liked by all who have seen her - and a good many have gone. Young wentwith me - Nicholson & his wife on the monday and Nobles on Tuesday after -I am sorry you changed your pleasant Lodgings and have gone up that cursed Hillyou will come down before winter [ ]will be too cold for your Aunt & you - especially in the cold months - youhave some wool here it is to be spun now - the yarn for the weft is spun - andMaths will cut the wool if not used - therefore let me know in your next Letterwhat is to be done with it - there came a Buss head here last Saturday to makeBroath for the Poor - but as the Crops both of Corn & Potatoes are now comein and very good, I have desired, no more Soupe should be given - have I doneright - nothing as yet done about Thompsons concern that I should be broughtinto Trouble and saying that both & She were coming over, and that then theaffair shoud be settled - I am sure her intentions are Just & honest -Dumpsey brought all the goods he had to Dublin - but the new cloaths he gotbefore you left this, were all tattered & torn - I have turned away BettyStewart and the Landry Maid - they both deny knowing what Richard took - norhave discovered what he took - except some old shoes out of my little room,which he entered by taking out a pannall in the Door in the Hall - I recd aLetter from him begging to be taken in again and saying there worse People inthe House than he was - and offering to make great discoverys - but I think itPrecident - I therefore have not answered his Letter - in short he is a badfellow, and might do more Damage - I returned from Somerville last Monday andhave been ever since quite alone - Young is so busy with his harvest he cannotleave home I am therefore quite alone - Mun is gone to Fermanagh with Nicholsonto shoot Grouse but returns on Saturday - your yarn was not sold at Athboy fair- She coud get 13 a pound but hopes to sell it at Navan Fair, but desires toknow whether you will take 13 for it -

I hope to get in some money this day - in or about 70 if Ido, I shall send it to George Thompson with directions to remit it directly toyou[r] Aunt - and when you get it, pay Bartons Bill and the apothecary - themorning I came away - I left my Letter for Doctor Beddoes on his table in hisStudy so suppose he got it - if he comes more than twice a week I think youshoud bid him not to come or I will write to him again - tho' if necessory Ishoud not Grudge five times the money he wd cost, where two so precious livesas your Dear Aunt and Yours are concerned - my Sincerest regards & Lovealways attend your party - believe my Dear Hariot

most truly yours


[On the outside:

Navan August twenty eight 1801

Mrs Waller



Marcus Somerville]

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I cannot give you the least idea of my feelings this daywhen sweet Mun and Maria surprised me I never was so glad to see them but wouldyou believe it? I had all the appearance of deep affliction and to tell thetruth the thoughts of my sending my little darlings away when they returned waswhat made me so silly. I wish you(r) dear Aunt were coming with us it wouldmake my heart very light indeed if the Noble Captain would promise me to comesoon I promise to do everything a poor lame woman can do for him and ifI have the good fortune to have him in the same house with me I will cherishand comfort him more than he can conceive.

I will be very impatient to know what you think of ourlittle angel Fan. Can we do any for you ladies at B I need not say how happy itwould make me to be of use to you. & I flatter myself with hopes of thewaters making me able to do everything. Do you think I will ever sit down ifGod grant me the power to walk. I do believe He will

A thousand loves and blessings attend you dearest Aunt UncleBess Anne Harriet and all I love

I am yours for ever A.M.B.

Charms charms charms

Aspect aspect aspect

Fear fear fear fear fear fear

Pain pain pain pain

Hand hand hand hand

Robert Holmes has copie finished

[addressed to Mrs Waller]

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How are my dr girls? - How does your soul prosper? - I longto see you & tell you that I love you; indeed I do love you - but enough ofthis - We are all very anxious for your return & hope to see you the firstor second of May at farthest - Margaret desires her love to you I cannot say Ithink she is any better; but she seems to be happy in God; and resigned to allthe dispensations of her heavenly Father who in his infinite wisdom sees it fitthat she should be afflicted; I pray God that when it has answered the enddesigned if it be his will to restore her to health, that she may be a shininglight and may live but to glorify the name of her Saviour & Redeemer But if otherwise, he has decreed she mayleave a testimony for Jesus and enter into that rest where "fear & sin& grief expire Cast out by perfect love". & how great is the depravityof our nature, and how strong the love of the enjoyments of this world, whichcan make us desire to abide in these earthly houses of clay, where all aroundis as a barren wilderness, devoid of the smiles of Jesus. But when he ispresent there is more enjoyment in the meanest hovel, than all the luxuries ofthis world can afford - O let us be careful then of grieving his Holy Spirit& causing him to withdraw his healing beams; since all happiness is derivedfrom Jesus, and heaven is the perfect enjoyment of himself. O let us live moreby faith on him and even now enter into rest by casting off that bitter foe toour peace Unbelief O let usquicken our foot steps, we have not a moment to lose we are hastening towardsan unchangeable state. Eternity will shortly embosom us in its vast expanse,'Ere long the Archangel shall proclaim our time to be no longer, and the deadsmall & great shall stand before God. If now, even now, the Trump of Godshould sound - would we be dismayed - Let each of us ask ourselves would we goforth with confidence to meet the Bridegroom, would we be among the number ofthose who love his appearing, - It is an important question; for this is thecharacter of those who shall receive a crown of glory thus fadest not away -But if we feel alarmed at the thought - To whom should we go? To whom, but toJesus; for he has the words of eternal life - But if through grace we areenabled to say "Come Lord Jesus come quickly; O let us give glory to that Godwho had revealed to us the way of salvation, and may we hold fast the beginningof our confidence and rejoicing of hope stedfast into the end - I have of latebeen in heaviness through manifold temptations I have been led too much intothe conversation of the world; by which I lost for, some time, that solidpeace, & liberty in prayer, which I before enjoyed, O why do I ever wanderfrom my God, for I have never found happiness but in him

"How tedious and tasteless the hours

When Jesus no longer I saw

Trust prospects sweet bird & sweet flowers

Had all lost their sweetness for me."

But the Lord has again been pleased to shew abroad his lovein my heart & to cause me to abound in love through the power of the HolyGhost.

O may I never more from thee

One single moment stray

O keep me in thy fear & love

Else I shall fall away

O that for ever I could live

A life from sin set free

A life devoted to what God

Who lived and died for me.

'' belongs to thee alone

In thee I live & move

O come my Saviour come away

And perfect me in love - Amen.

Give my love to Dr Martha & believe me to be youraffectionate

Bess Johnston

My Father desires me to ask you if you would like John to godown in a coach for you -

[addressed to

Miss Ellen Stewart



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[Letter addressed to Miss Eliza Stewart, Wilmont, Lisburn]

Tuesday 10th feb 1800 Belvedere Place

I must plead guilty before my dear Eliza, in not fulfillingmy engagements, but tho' I feel my own deficiency is satisfying the demandsthat the kindness of my beloved friends required of me, yet I can say I neverfail to commend their wants to his care, in whom all fullness dwells to satisfytheir most enlarged desires who hears every petition of the needy,

Whose ears open to the sinners cry

Whose grace descends to meet the lifted eye

He reads the language of the silent tear

and sighs are incence from a heart sincere

Oh! that we may all drink deep of those copious streams oflove which for ever flow for the thirst - Oh! that Wilmont may become thekingdom of God, and his Christ - That every bosom in it may become an altarflaming with divine love - That the glorious theme of redeeming love mayinspire every heart and dwell on every tongue - It seems as if our Lord lookson that sacred dwelling blessing it and saying - "I and my Father will come andtake up our adobe under the roof" - this is the chosen soil in which I willdeposit the grain of mustard seed which shall spring up and spread her branchesafar off -

These are they who are willing to follow me thro' goodreport and bad report - who prize my love, who value the favour of a Redeemermore than the smiles of this world - who do not reject me nor my ways. Theseare mine who desire to spend and be spent in my service - Who have employed thetalents they received from me in promoting my cause & extolling a Saviourspraise - I will keep a book of remembrances of them and they shall be mine whenI come to make up my jewels - Then I can carry my view farther to that evenmore glorious season when after having glorified him on earth, having foughtthe good fight of faith - having with our beloved Master suffered the scorn& reproach of men - We shall be translated to those regions of glory - andsee my dear Father and Mother present before the throne of grace (God grant theeleven) and say these are those thou hast given me they are thine by right ofredemption - but thou entrusted them to our care and we have fulfilled thy willconcerning them - We early taught them to sit at the feet of Jesus - Welead to drink of those streams of redeeming love. We consecrated them early tothy service - We now come with them to join the general Halelujah! - This isthe blessed prospect open to my view when all shall be encircled in thoseeverlasting arms of love - which Jesus will extend over all. Oh! how does theaccount you give me of the revival of religion inflame my heart with gratefullove, how thankful I am that the presence of God dwells so much under thatroof, where so many beloved objects are - yes I trust not only its inhabitantswill put the sacred flame - but many poor afar shall resort to it to hear theglad tidings of salvation - saying tell me where the babe is that I may go andworship him also - I trust the very atmosphere will become impregnated withpiety - and that all who approach the sacred dwelling may feel her hallowedinfluence. It will become the peculiar care of angels to guard it.

Thank God his kingdom is likewise fast increasing here - Wescarcely ever enter a house that is not more or less dedicated to prayer.People no longer abusing their high privileges are not ashamed to fulfill thedesign of their creation and no longer invite each other to squander away theirtime and kill the tedious moments in trifling amusements - but assembletogether to join in general prayer and thanksgiving - so are the evenings spent- and in some instances - Those who came to mock remain to pray - I am sure itwill give Mr Higginson great pleasure to hear that Mrs Wilson has determinedthat henceforth her house whall be the house of prayer and no longer profanedby other parties but religious - she wrote Mr Kelly to tell him this and to gethim to lecture and pray with a very numerous company - Mr Kelly intends beingin the north this summer, & says he will make Wilmont his headquarters - Ithink our beloved Mr Averel be there also - I am sure it will give muchpleasure to both my Father and Mother to entertain them inasmuch as ye receiveone of these little ones ye receive me. Oh! that our Lord may also find his wayand take possession of all our hearts - John dined here yesterday we were inhopes he would have come with us to Mr Nelsons in the evening to prayers; butfound him not to be persuaded - May the Lord open his eyes to his trueinterest. You ask me is Mr Kelly spiritual I think he is very much so he isvery reserved in his manners, and except when religion is spoken of retires toa quiet part of the room - but in lecture he is both very spiritual and able -in his appearance he resembles Dr Roke & in manner Mr Higginson - he leavesthis to go to the county Wiklo(w) where he hears there are many of his friendsturning entirely to the Lord - How does the time seem to be approaching whenrighteousness shall cover the earth - The Lord grant Wilmont may enjoy a largeshare of the riches of his grace - believe me night and morning, noon andforenoon this is my earnest prayer - I need not tell you, to tell my Father andMother how much I love them - believe me I feel them written on my heart - andexcept that love by incessant prayers to heaven for them - Remember me to mydear Aunt - may she and all of us have the Lord for our portion here and ineternity - Amen!

Farewell my dear Eliza love your affectionate


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Bath June 17

We are come into this famous city for a short time for me totry once more the effect of these health restoring waters. Tell you mother,after I try them this time I will take a little of Dr Bed(does) and his wickedair but I have never heard of any one in my complaint receiving any thing morethan very partial benyfit (sic) and then he is such a dear man. I look forwardwith hope in our great God that my darling child and I shall yet meet and behappy and together but I remember that if not it is the will of the good Godwho has made me most delighted of mamas with so good children as you and yourSister, she is very merry and good company. This is vacation so we are quitehappy and want but you and dear brother F


I cannot express my beloved Fanny how happy your dear auntsister and I was made by your long expected Collon paquet which arrived the daybefore yesterday. I beg you will get your mother to send me her two letters ifshe finds them for I think she never sent them. They will be very interestingto me if a year old when written by her and having your name mentioned in them.I am very sorry my best love, our kind and dear Uncle thinks it not worth yourwhile to come to Bath this time but I trust very soon I shall be better able toenjoy the delight of having you here. You will be so pleased too with all our Atown friends returning this Summer and hope you will be quite content. Farewellmy dearest believe me most fondly


I cannot express my beloved Fanny how happy your dear AuntSister & I was made by our long expected Colon packet which arrived the daybefore yesterday. I beg you will get your Mother to send me her two letters ifshe finds them for I think she never sent them. They are very interesting to meif year old when written by her & having your name mentioned in them

I am very sorry my best love our kind and dear Uncle thinksit not worth your while to come to Bath this time, but I trust very soon to bebetter able to enjoy the delight of having you here. You will be so pleased toowith all our A-town friends returning this summer.

We are come into this famous city for a short time, for meto try once more the effect of these health restoring waters. Tell your Motherafter I try them this time I will take a little of Dr b's - & hiswicked air, but I have never heard of any one in my complaint recovering anything more than very partial benefit & then he is such a dear man. I lookforward with hope in our Great God that my darling child & I will yet meet& be happy altogether, but I remember that if not it is His Will. The GoodGod who has made me the most delighted of Mamas with so good children as you& your Sister. She is very merry & good company. This vacation so weare quite happy & want but you & dear brother Francis to be quitecontent. Farewell my dearest believe me most fondly your


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Wilmont Thursday 16th 1801

My Dear Sir

We have just had the very great pleasure of seeing Mr Mainehe is now gone to the shore where he intends to stay for a week. I was in hopesthat perhaps you would have spent a few days with him there as he intends tostay there all the time that he can spare from his circuit which he hears isWicklow. I have a request to make of you which I am sure you will grant whichis we hear Mr. Tobias with whom we were well acquainted in Dublin is appointedfor Derry Circuit and as Mr Maine thinks it likely that he will pass thro'Newry we should be much obliged to you if you would make a particular requestto him that he would spend a day with us as he is passing indeed we should nottake it kind of him if he refuses this request I need not apologize to you myDear friend for troubling you as I am sure your disposition to oblige yourfriends will not require any

With sincere prayers & wishes for welfare and happiness

I am, Dear Sir

your sincere friend

Ellen Stewart

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You profess to deny original sin but you will at leastacknowledge a Supreme Being the Creator & first great cause of all thingsyou must also allow that is perfect in every attribute & quality of courseagreable to such a character cannot in any degree be the immediate or remoteauthor of evil. Now if you once admit that such a Being as we have agreed uponis the creator of all things of course of man it follows that what soever hehas formed is completely perfect in its Degree that according to its station inthe scale of Being there must be no defect no misapplication of those powerswith which they were endowed as respecting the intention for which they weregiven

As it is admitted that God is the source of SupremeExcellence it must follow that all intelligent powers in a state of rectitudewould invariably tend towards him as Supreme still is but for every supportwould strain effected even however honoured would aspire of intuitively ingrateful acts of adoration & if in a state of true holiness the powerswould be absorbed in the admiration & love of what was still so much moreexcellent & as all lesser degree of streams of purity pant towards thegreater in no instance must there be the least exception every power must beengaged every faculty exulted gratitude as due from creatures in a dependentmust be without ceasing & without diminution the smallest abatement arguesdefect & the least prevention of any of the powers which were given for thepurpose of adoring God sin that in that dispised book the ungodly those whoforget God are ranked with the most immoral & for a good reason ourobligations to an entire surrender of ourselves to him body & soul &spirit are as great & greater than any duty we can possibly owe to ourfellow creatures however they are so inseparably connected that to disemitethem they must both suffer now can it be supposed that a mind insensible tomercies daily confessed upon us blessings, as it were conveyed on the wings of"every moment" & even admitting your opinion for the sake of argument thatwe are not obliged to the atonement that has been made for our sins for ourhopes of eternal happiness yet the mercies of providence the being brought fromnothing into a state of existence that to hearts did we profess the virtuous beinclined would excite the most ardent gratitude. Let me ask you Sin if after anattentive & candid enquiry into your own heart & a lively sense of theMercies with which you are endowed to you for your gratitude in due proportionto the obligation you are under after the most strict examination as to themotives of your own mind after an awful careful & candid sensing in theinmost recess & inmost secrets hidden principles of action do you find thatvariety in any one instance has influenced you that self gratification hasnever remotely or immediately had the least sway over you that your simple& only aim has been to promote the glory of God & the good of yourfellow creatures in every particular you have never deviated from this state ofrectitude in thought word or deed if you affirm this your mind is & hasalways been thus pure & upright I must acknowledge you are an exception tothe human race I should rather did you acknowledge fear that the fatal &almost inextricable delusion & enthrallments of sin have so obscured yourmind & darkened your understanding that the veins of excellence &purity which you entertain are so confined & limited & [ ] holiness narrowed to so great a distancethat sin acting as a glass that dimenes [ ] glass we scarcely can perceive its existence an d cannot possibly fromany even of its true nature. Mistake me not that in speaking thus I mean toparticularize you. I speak of the whole race with which I am an individualwithout excluding me & this is the description both of Scripture &results of the observations that the wisest & best men of all ages havemade who have paid strict attention of their own minds & but should you onthe other hand once admit that in your motives has not been so upright thatyour affections have often under evil influence that your gratitude to thebountiful giver of all things has not borne a due proportion to his gifts &you at once admit that you have been either [ ] of course fallen from your original state of course have committed sinagainst & infinite being of course requires an in [ ] rite infinite justice demands, or infinitesatisfaction but sin does not rest in a few & trivial (if any thingconcerning [ ] Being can be calledtrivial) deviations from his [ ] but letus see ourselves & then ask where is the similarity of natures which wouldrecline us to seek all our delights & all our powers ultimately but towardshim as Sovereign Good Examine mankind not only in a savage state (certainly themost natural state) but also in the most cultivated & improved do you findthat sin the contemplation of God in the acts of devotion towards that they[ ] then happiness

[addressed to

Wm Hannah Esq


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Dublin Feby 26th 1802

Ever dear friend,

(If after so long a silence you will allow me to call you bythat Sacred and Endearing name) - Often has my conscience accused me for notwriting to you and often have I resolved to do it the next day - But"Procrastination is the Thief of Time' - and so have I proved it - however Iacknowledge my fault and allow you an Opportunity of Triumph by forgiving me -I say you because you are my Immediate Correspondent - tho' indeed I need aPardon from each of you - and will that Pardon be denied me? If it will be anyConsolation for you to know that my indolence has prevented my writing toothers - I assure you that is the case - it is now almost 6 months since Iwrote to my best Earthly friend - dear - Dr Hawies and shame I fear will keepme silent longer but enough of this - I hope to grow more Diligent

And now - tell me - are you all well? for it is long since Iheard of you! I hope you have the Comforting Presence of Jesus among you. formy own part I have Reason to Rejoice in him - But unto me belongeth shame andConfusion of face - Oh! well is it for me that the Fountain of Christ is everopen. and that we have an Advocate with the Father - I am not indeed (thro'Grace) - an Idler in my Masters Vineyard - I labour much for others but havereason frequently to say "My own Vineyard have I not kept" - but with all myIratability and Pride - my Self-will and Workings of ten Thousand Corruptionswithin - I know that Christ is mine - Yes & he will Subdue my Corruptionsand love me to the end - this is all my Salvation and all my desire - as formeand my best Workings - if the Lord were to enter into Judgement with me onaccount of my Holiest things I could not stand before Him but 'Counting my ownRighteousness as Dung I trust to be found at last Cloathed' with the SpotlessRighteousness of Jesus - is not this your Confidence?

But I suppose you will expect some news from me - indeed Ihave not a great deal to relate but what I have is good - I have lately heardof several Persons - to whom God has been pleased to bless my labours -Particularly one - of whom Mr Kelly was telling me his name was Richardson hewas an avowed Infidel and Able defender of the Principles he heard me in Dublinabout 18 months ago - was under deep Convictions of Sin - and Died triumphingin a most Extraordinary Degree at Athy about a fornight back

My Congregations in this City are as great as ever - indeedI think the last always the greatest - I preach at 8 O'Clock ev'ry Sundaymorning in Plunket St Meeting-house and also at 7 ev'ry Sundy evening - andev'ry Thursday Evening at 7 - Tuesday Evening at 7 always in the German Church- Poolbeg St - and ev'ry Saturday at 7 in a large School-room which Aldn Huttonhas built at the Bottom of his Garden - I suppose it will contain 300 people -here also ev'ry Sunday at 2 O'Clock I meet as many Children as choose to attendand ask them questions from the Scriptures - Lecture tham - Sing & Praywith them and always Read them an account of the Conversion and happy Death ofsome Child - this Service is more Delightful than can be conceived - in thesame place we have Established a free Day School for Girls who are taught toRead - knit & Sew - these I attend at 11 - and at 3 ev'ry Day - at 11 - IRead & Explain to them a Portion of Scripture - Sing & Pray - at 3 Idismiss them with Singing & Prayer of a Saturday 1 [here there is a largehole in the paper] the first Class Spell and Read - and on a Monday '.. RepeatHymns ec. which they have learned'. I am not Idle - 2 or 3 ladies attend thisse'. Day - Sevl who are Governesses take it in turn - Bess is one and Mrs. Ballwho is my Child in the '. another - besides these we have a Schoolmistress whois paid a Salary - we have now between 50 & 60 Girls in the School & Ihave taught them to Sing several tunes - and one of the Girls can Raise themand leads the Rest - indeed this School Promises much -

We go to England in the beginning of May - I hope to be inLondon by the second Wednesday of that Month - Mrs. C. I suppose will lay inere long - I wish I could see you al before I leave the Kingdom but this I amsure that I cannot - however we may meet again on this side the Grave andUndoubtedly shall on the other - you see I have filled my Paper and thereforemust conclude.

But tell me: shall I be favoured with a letter from you? andSpeedily? - Oh! this will be a treat. and the more so as I have not deserved it- but I know you are kind - I seldom see Miss Stewart - I think I should seeany one else from Wilmont oftener - but why should I complain I deserveknowthing Mrs. C. desires her love with mine to dear dear Mrs. Stewart, yourFather - all your Sisters and all Neighbouring Relatives not forgetting theBeloved Garners - and Miss Pollock - have you seen dear Mathias lately

Believe me my dear Ellen

ever ever yours in Love & friendship

William Cooper

at Mrs Balls

No 9 Leeson St


[addressed to

Miss Ellen Stewart



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Dearest Dear Aunt Waller, and most beloved Fanny.

A Letter which was received yesterday from Bess Waller hasput me in the greatest spirits as by it I find all at Allenstown are well; andthat you my sweet Fanny will regularly let me hear from you every three weeks -I regret nothing so much as not being able with my own hands to answer the fewlines I get from Allenstown tho' Aunt Susan with her usual goodness is verywilling to copy what I indite; but the more readily she performs, the moreunwilling I am to trouble her as I have often heard her say she hated writing.Catherine Brownes letters together with your constitute my greatest happinessbut not my only blessing for I have besides such Sisters, Sutton and Uncle Munfor dear Brothers and darling little Bessy Sutton & I shall never give upthe delightful expectation of seeing you all once more and the Nobles. I amvery fond of building Castles in the air and fancy a thousand more unlikelythings may happen. It is time now to thank you my darling for the happinessyour last affectionate and pretty Letter gave your Doating Mother.

Now dear Bess & Harriet it is time to tell you that youcannot imagine a more grateful person than I am for your little Volantarysevery line of which you joy to my heart and made me bless you and the rest ofthe dear Friends that have made Fanny what she is I got a long Letterform Catherine every week; Mary Sutton will make her write a pretty hand &good Letter and I have every reason to thank God for the accounts I hear of heras well as those of my darling Fanny. I am grown a great Methodist so I hopeyou have no objection to that society. We shall be more happy by the Suttons& C coming to Bath on the 18th Catherine has seen much of the Worldsince her trip & keeps a journal for my deversion. Sutton has taken a housefor the winter a short walk of this - and they are to have lovely Emma Stock tostay with them this winter I propose to myself great happiness in all this.Would to goodness dear Mrs Daniel was not my [ ] but for [ ] Every one you knowmust have a [ ] but for [ ] your objection to come by long sea isanother [ ] but for [ ] indeed I will do my possible to makethis place useful & agreable to you & it will make me happy have youeven for one week to tease you well with questions about my precious Fanny.Susan looks as if she thought I had no pity on her - so I shall here say, Godbless you all and keep my dear Uncle & Aunt well. I have a mind to tryGibney he has done such wonders for Aunt Beaufort which I am very glad of - Hasthere been any news of my Son Francis - not a word from your Grateful, &affectionate Mother, friend, & Niece

Anna Maria Browne

Mrs Daniels no better Mrs. Coddinton not very well, but notto say ill Our Dear Love to Ann Nangle Uncle Young &c&c Sept the 9th

only Susan is very tired I would ask you if you have gotfear Cowpers Life or my other pet Doctor Beatie

[addressed to

Mrs Waller




post marked BATH

stamped S E



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My precious Fanny

You see I continue to make good use of Sir M Somervilesbeing here to get covers free to you for I know it gives you pleasure to hearof all your Devonshire Buildings being well and to know it is written by my ownhand that I am better and our dear Aunt Suzette with little Kate are in rudehealth and spirits

I am glad you are returned safe to sweet Allenstown afterbeing engaged in the riots in Dublin and getting out your teeth &c &c Ihope you will write me a full and true account of all the wonders you sawthere. I hope dear you got some good soul to bring you to see Mrs Latouche.your two Aunts (Browns) are with her now and I wish above all things to knowyou

May you be always good and beloved by your best friendsUncle & Aunt Waller & Bess and than I am sure you will be happy I amstilll looking forward to the time I shall see you. I hope and sure that youwill the happiest woman in this world of your doting mother


love at all 100 times

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Dearest love Sir M S leaves Bath tomorrow so I am obliged tosend this. I have no time to say word. I go to D Building in one quarter of anhour so good bye. God bless you and all the dear kind good friends we lov somuch, direct to D.B. I can not go to Clifton this year as I have no money Manythings I dont like where I am going but comfort myself with thinking that Everything happens for the best as angel Aunt Merdyth used to say. I love you morethat I can express & am your fon Mother


[Miss Browne Allenstown Navan any day convenient

Bath October third'

Miss Browne




Marcus Somerville

Post marked O C



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Devonshire Buildings Nov

My sweet Fanny

I have written many letters to you but could not send anythey were so badly written (or so long a time writing. I have the satisfactionto tell you though that I am a vast deal better than I was some time ago - mylimbs are as bad particularly my hands as ever but I sleep and eat as well asever and my spirits are much more even and resigned than they have been for 6or 7 years. Dear Uncle Aunt S. and Bessy are the greatest comfort to me. Bessyis really the finest engaging child I ever saw you're A was so good as to lether come to me for a night or two and I was quite happy. Catherine's delightcan not be told and Aunt Susan was equally charmed with our little friend I amsure you will love her much

Nover 23 Cate is just gone into Bath to return Bs visit andstay for two or three nights with Aunt Sut. I feel very melancholy without her,and would never part for a moment with her or you only for your own greatadvantage. To be with such dear friends so capable of improving you asour dear Aunts are every other person you see at Allenstown are is a greatreward to me for the self denial of living so far from you my precious Fannythat I love more than words can express. I could write with pleasure this houseonly I fear you will not be able to make my hand writing so will only tell youto give my most affectionate love to beloved Uncle & Aunt W Bess AnneHariot. all at Collon, and every one that remember your fond A. Maria Browne

24. Aunt Susan and your Sister are both with Aunt S. for anight or two but they love you greatly Ask Uncle if I get 30 or 40 pound herefrom any friend going to Ireland after Christmas: may I promise G Thompson willpay it in Dublin that'. be very convenient to poor me.

N H is better. this cold is very severe

Write soon dear. I fear you cannot read this

[addressed to

Miss Fanny Browne



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dated in pencil 1804]

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My dear good little Fanny

I take this opportunity of our dearest & best friendsreturning to Ireland to send you an addition for your wardrobe and I hope youwill like them. And when you look at them think of your poor mother. I send alist on the other side. I only make you a present by way of put you in mind ofme for I am very sure your darling uncle, and Aunts will never let you come tolive with me you will have nothing near comfortable as you have been used tofrom the kindness of all our friends. I am greatly delighted to hear you arelearning the Notes & Adieu dear child yrs forever


[The list on reverse side]

6 Rackets [Rockets]

3 Petitcoates

1 Stays

6 Stockings

1 Shoes


1 Pincushion

[Written at the top of the copy in a different ink andwriting:

This letter must have been written in Dec 1804 as F.S. wentto E town on the 7th Nov CES]

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Your fame dear Fanny is spread far & near as a childthat can bear a good deal of pain with firmness and temper. This gives me agood opinion of your understanding & shows you know it is better to suffera little and have it over, than be perpetually teased by a bad tooth; our poorCatharine has not so much sense I assure, but I hope she will improve. you havegreat advantage by living with dear Uncle & Aunt Waller, Bess &c &cwho are the best and wisest of friends.

I am better since I came here though very far indeed frombeing able to go to Ireland - but next Summer please God - Who will be so happyas we I am tired writing my beloved so adieu

[written in pencil

From Great grandmother Browne

in different pencil

The mother of Mrs. T.A. Stewart

dated in pencil


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Clifton Jun 7

I send you this sad scrawl my sweet child to prove I was notunmindful of you this is the sixth letter I have ready for you and Cathne alsohas many Epistles but neither worth payment and we could procure no covers. Iwished much to tell you how happy I am and that I love you in my heart and soulwith a long &c &c I hope you are sensible no mother ever loved a childbetter (indeed I believe so well) before because I hear you are a very goodgirl.

We are all in great trouble after the Stocks, they arecharming young women. I love them very much, particularly Maria who is theimage of her dear Mother - I am sorry you are not acquainted with them. TheBishop of K'. is recovering his health - but he is poorly yet, he is very kindto Cath & me

You know dearest Fanny I would write to you often if I wasable, but I fear I shall soon be obliged to give even you up as a Correspondentas I find more difficulty in using my pen and Foot every day - However I amextremely well and happy and thankful to you for all the pretty letters I gotof yours. I am delighted you were so pleasant at E-stown. Your being invited tostay so long with Mrs E and her dear children was a proof of your being a goodlittle woman. Catherine is not bad but giddy &c indolent. I amgreatly obliged to sweet Hariot for her P.S. Anne is very Idle for neverfavouring me with a line. Bess is also very stingy of her writing. Aunt Suttonbeing here makes all as happy as we can be so far from darling Fanny Browne andher noble captain. Aunt Waller &c &c -

June 7th I think I shall not

[written in pencil: 1802 (?)]

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Dear Fanny I cannot resist the pleasure of writing to you byour beloved Bessy Sutton. tho' I had almost made a promise not to use my pentill my fingers were better able to hold it. At present I feel not betterfor this cold stormy weather but the worst thing for me is the grief I feel atthe thoughts of so soon losing Aunt Sutton, Uncle and Bessy that I loved as ifshe had been your sister Aunt Susan, Catherine, and I, will be poor creatureswhen we part with such dear friends I send you a workbag that Kitty and I made for you. I wish I could do yousomething prettier but Alas! my poor hands are good for nothing. they cannoteven tell you how well I love you my dear child. but though very low at thethoughts of this parting hope has never forsaken me. I yet trust in the allpowerful God that he will allow me to be a little better. tell dear Bess I cannot go to Oxford as I have not money sufficient for such expiditions. YourAunts think I should not have been better and as I could not get there it is no matter.

As soon as Aunt Sutton goes from Bath I think I will go tosome very cheap lodging in or near Bristol and if I could afford it I wouldconsult Dr Bedos and let him take his wicked will of me. I do not believe youcan read this dearest dear F - God bless you and keep you a good child to makehappy your affectte A.M.B.

I send you a workbag of my neting you will see how badly Ican work

Give a hundred loves to my dear Uncle Aunt Bess Hariot andAnne Catharine & Aunt Susan joins me in the same: and tell them to give youa kiss apice for me.

Why did you never thank Aunt Su for the pretty present shesent you by Bess. Pray do so soon

I was thinking so much of the Suttons wrote about the bagtwice

[addressed to

Miss F. Browne


sealed but not post marked

written in pencil: Mama

Feby 9th 1806]

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My dear Fanny

I am very happy to hear you are so much improved, indeed wesee it by your writing. I go to Mrs Es dancing school. I will send you a littleflower of my drawing & I hope you will send me some of yours to see howmuch improved you are. I cannot say any more so dear Fanny I am your very dearsister

C.E. Browne -

Sweet dear Fanny

You can have no conception of the delight your last lettersgave your sister and me, but above all other things our dear kind Uncle Wallerstaking the trouble to write word you were tolerable attentive to business. Domy best beloved continue to merit the affection of such friends never a childwas blessed with before I do believe.

You hardly will believe when you see tho' ill lookingwriting that I am considerably better. to tell you the truth, my limbs continueto grow worse but my health is better than ever it has been since our dearMaria was born

Aunt Sutton the delight of all who know her particularly hersisters (I hope you and Kitty may be as fond of each other as I am of yourAunts for there is no pleasure equal to being united) I am greatly grieved tosay leaves Bath tomorrow I hope they will return soon again.

I send you a little Etucase, but fear you have one as it isa very common Bath present. Your sister hopes you think of us it is all weexpect for such trifles can never be useful and I am too poor yet I wish but Iam sure you will never want at A-town while you are good. I send you some ballsof cotton to show you how nicely we wind in England. Give poor Stanley [Stendy]handkerchief I wish I had better for your G-papas faithful Servant. God blessmy darling child prays your fond mamma


[addressed to Miss Browne]

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Octr 4 1806

I was much disappointed my dearest Fanny at not receivingyour promised letter this morning - your equipage was not such as to make mefeel quite at ease, & I am very anxious, as we all are, to know how &in what plight you arrived at home -

As soon as you were gone I went up & settled my clotheswhich we had left in disorder, & felt very lonesome without my companion -then we went out to walk, & when we were going in to dress for diner, Iopened my mouth to call you - & found myself very often wondering where youwere - Mr Bradford dined with us - in the evening I found my cold worse - mymouth very sore at the inside, & my throat - & one cheek quite sore tothe touch - & so I was sure my old plague was returning - the next morningtho' my face continued sore we went to Rathbran to see the Maynes - & asyou have not been there I was sorry you were not with us, tho' indeed there isnothing much worth seeing, except the general lye of the country which is asfar as you can see all round ups & downs continually - They were alldelighted to see us - Bess went to look at their garden which has nothing verygrand in it - I did not as I was afraid of cold - Maria Mayne has a poor littlepartridge that has a very innocent contenance - it was found lying wounded& brought to Maria by one of the laborers, the wound is almost healed,& it seems very healthy - Monday night my Aunt slept very badly &coughed a great deal, but could not get up much phlegm; yet notwithstanding thatshe was wonderfully well yesterday & talked a great at Rathbran - lastnight she slept well, & today has been very tolerably most part of the day- I bathed my feet last night for my cold & powdered my cheek, & lay inbed stewing today till breakfast was ready - & my face is quite well today- & my headache better. After breakfast I retired to the parlor to cut outyour shifts - & to read to myself since I had no dear pupil to read to me -Then my Aunt went out to air - then just as she came, the Lamberts arrived - MrsLambert looks much better than when we saw her last - & Flo & Kate seemwell & enquired kindly for you - They gave a very different account of theball at Ardee & of the Fortescues, from what the Maynes did - But the bestthing that happened to me today was receiving a letter from our dear Captain -it was dated August 18 Newfoundland - he said they were feasting on fresh Coddwhich you know is caught in such quantities there, that all Europe is suppliedfrom it - Francis had had but little bad weather, but found his passage muchmore tedious than he had expected - When he wrote, he expected to be at Quebecin a fortnight, & in England in 5 - Another good piece of news was the safearrival of all our goods at Merion Street - if you see Mrs Waller pray tell herhow much obliged to her we are for sending them - I had a letter from Fanny whoexpects young Francis directly - Mr E is getting a great deal better & hasput off his Scotch jaunt - & is to stay at home all the winter - Honora isuncommonly well & very happy with her cousin Emma, with whom she is readingFrench & Italian & doing & learning so much that she finds the daytoo short - Sneyd is come back to Etown & very well after being very sickat sea -

Mr Edgeworth is chosen as a Commissioner for Bogs, soWilliam will be employed with him, & is not to go to India

Bess Warren had a long letter from Bessy Dallas written verywell & perfectly straight - They are very happy at Bath & liketheir Aunt very well - & are to stay there some time - There is an advertisementin the newspaper from Herchel the famous philosopher assuring the public thathe has not made any prophesy about the weather as was said -

My father intends to go to Dublin on Monday & I have anintention of going with him that I may have the house comfortable & everything ready & snug - & they will probably come about Wednesday orThursday - but you shall know for certain in time enough, as your Aunt Susanwas so kind as to say she would bring you here & indulge your Aunt withhaving you with her to town - & indeed my dear child it will be much moreprudent to do so - & make it much more likely that you can pay anothervisit

I assure you I will not unpack more than I can help &shall wait honorably for you - during the two days I am there before the restof the company - last night Clarke brought in a long eared Bat, an animal thatI had never seen before. Its long ears are an inch in length, & at thefront of each there is a short ear - it was put under a glass on the tale forfurther examination today - but alas the cat got in this morning, threw downthe glass & eat the Bat - so I cannot say more about it -

Mr Bradford dined here today again & is a plague TheFortescues went away on Sunday so I have no news to tell you of them - IsabellaRuxton is going to be married to a Mr Townley Filgate & now I believe Ihave told you all the news that I have heard.

I was mad at myself when I found I had forgot to give youthe socks - I send them now & a frill which I could not get washed - takecare dear to mend the socks - & pray do not wet your feet or catch cold,& pray return to us well & happy & gay & ready for all our fuss- & to be very attentive to my Aunt - I hope dear Fanny you shew kindattention to both your Aunts - but particularly Aunt Susan - the best way ofrepaying for all her unremitting kindness to your poor mama, is by constantkindness from yourself & Catherine - I hope you will conduct yourself well- & act so as to shew me that your principles are steady - & your recollectiongood, of my advice - Pray be industrious & active, & lose noopportunity of adding to your stock of knowledge - & listen attentively toconversation - I am much afraid that you do not hold up your head, or mind yourshoulder - & that you are not but I may have confidence in your exertions Ihope -

I have learned a great deal about Touchstone for you buthave not time to write it - for I must write for my Aunt to Miss Reilly - sheis so anxious about Mr Carleton -

Everybody sends you the kindest & warmest love - Need Isay my dearest child & friend how sincerely you are loved by your own

little governess


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