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Mr. CARTWRIGHT to Mr. JONES.
May 8, 1780.
It is with pleasure I observe the public papers mention you as one of the candidates to represent the University of Oxford at the ensuing election. As a literary society, the rank you hold in the republic of letters ought certainly to point you out'as one of the first objects of her choice. But it is not merely upon this principle that I feel
myself interested in your success: exclusive of that veneration with which I look up to superior talents, I have an additional motive (which indeed ought to supersede every other) in the very high opinion I have formed of your integrity. If in this opinion I should be mistaken, your own writings have greatly contributed to mislead me. ceive, Sir, my reason for troubling you with this letter is to desire that when you make out
this occasion, my
upon name may be admitted into the number. I
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am, Sir, with truth, your very sincere. wellwisher, &c.
(Mr. JONES to the Rev. E. CART
Since my friends have declared me a candidate for the
honourable seat which Sir Roger Newdigate intends to vacate, I have received many flattering testimonies of regard from several respectable persons; but your letter, dated May 8th, which I did not receive till this morning, is, without a compliment, the fairest and most pleasing fruit of the competition in which I am engaged. The rule of the University, which is a very noble one, forbidding me to solicit votes for myself, I have not been at liberty even to apply to many persons whom it is both a pleasure and honour to know. Your unfolicited approbation is a great reward of my past toil in my literary career,
and no Imall incentive to future exertions. As to my integrity, of which you are pleased to express a good opinion, it has not yet been tried by any very strong temptations; I hope it will resist them if any be thrown in my way. This only I may say (and I think without a boast) that my ambition was always very much bounded, and that my views are already attained by professional success adequate to my highest expectations. Perhaps I shall not be thought very unambitious, if I add, that
my great object of imitation is Mr. Selden, and that if I could obtain the same honour which was conferred on him, I should, like him, devote the rest of my life to the service of my constituents and my country, to the practice of an useful profession, and to the unremitted study of our English laws, history and litera
To be approved by you, and such men as you (if many such could be found), would be a sufficient reward to, &c.
WILLIAM Jones. Permit me to add an ode printed (but not published) before the present competition,
and at a time when I should have been certainly made a judge in India, by the kindness of Lord North, if any appointment had taken place. It proves sufficiently that no views or connection's can prevent me from declaring my honest sentiments when I think they may be useful to my country.
Mr. BURROWS to Mr. JONES.
Hadley, near Barnet, May 23, 1780. Sir,
For the first time I am sorry I did not take all my degrees. I should have been happy to have given the testimony of an individual to a merit, which I have long considered as the reproach, as well as ornament of this age and country: I must add, it would have given me particular pleasure to have expressed my gratitude to one who has so much contributed to my instruction and amusement.
I most heartily wish you success, as the republic seems in danger of taking some
harm from the weakness of her friends, and the vigour of her foes, and never in any
time of her life stood in more need of the attracting and repelling powers of men of ability. I must own too, I have an additional reason for wishing you feated in the British parliament, as I shall take great satisfaction in seeing the dull of all denominations convinced, that men of wit and learning are as capable of excelling in public business, as they call it, as the most illiterate of them all.
Mr. JONES to Dr. MILMAN.
May 30, 1780. Although I have not yet the honour, to which I have long aspired, of your acquaintance and friendship, yet I am persuaded that the bond which ought in this crisis to unite all honest men is, idem fentire de republicâ ; and my friend, Mr. Milles, having imparted to me the contents of
your yesterday's note, I beg leave to assure you,