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pointment in missing him, by scribbling a few lines to him, as soon as I have finished these with which I now trouble your lordship. My excursion to the United Provinces (which has been the substitute for
intended expedition to the United States) was extremely pleasing and improving to me. I returned last Monday, and finding all
friends difpersed in various parts of England, am going for a few days into Buckinghamshire, whence I shall go to Oxford, and must continue there till the Sessions. Should your lordship be in Hampshire any time in October, and should it be in all respects convenient to you,
this great pleasure, the obliging invitation to Chilbolton, which I was unfortunately prevented from accepting last year. I lament the unhappy dissentions among our great men, and clearly see the vanity of my
anxi. ous wish, that they would have played in tune some time longer in the political con
The delays about the India judgeship have,
it is true, greatly injured me; but with
my patience and assiduity, I could easily recover my loft ground. I must however take the liberty here to allude to a most obliging letter of your lordship from Chilbolton, which I received so long ago as last November, but was prevented from answering till you camo to town. It was inexpressibly flattering to
my intimate knowledge of the nature of my profession, obliges me to assure you, that it requires the whole man, and admits of no concurrent pursuits; that, consequently, I must either give it up, or it will engross me so much, that I shall not for some years be able to enjoy the society of my friends, or the sweets of liberty. Whether it be a wise part to live uncomfortably, in order to die wealthy, is another question; but this I know by experience, and have heard old practitioners make the same observation, that a lawyer who is in earnest, must be chained to his chambers and the bar for ten or twelve years together. In regard to your lordship’s indulgent and flattering prediction, that my
Essay on Bailment would be my last work, and that for the future, business and the public would allow me to write no more, I doubt whether it will be accomplished, whatever may my practice or situation; for I have already prepared many tracts on jurisprudence; and when I see the volumes written by Lord Coke, whose annual gains were twelve or fourteen thousand pounds, by Lord Bacon, Sir Matthew Hale, and a number of judges and chancellors, I cannot think that I should be hurt in my professional career, by publishing now and then a law tract upon some interesting branch of the science; and the science itself is indeed so complex, that, without writing, which is the chain of memory, it is impossible to remember a thousandth
of what we read or hear.. Since it is my wish therefore to become in time az great a lawyer as Sulpicius, I shall probably leave as many volumes of my works, as he is said to have written. As to politics, I begin to think, that the natural propensity of men to diffent from one another, will pre
vent them, in a corrupt age, from uniting in any laudable design; and at present I have nothing to do but to rest on my oars, which the Greek philofophers, I believe, called érégriv, a word which Cicero applies in one of his letters to the same subject.
My best respects to the ladies, for whom I would certainly have brought some Vire ginia nightingales, if
western expedition had taken place, since I was informed by the captain, with whom I should have failed, that they might have been kept in the cabin without any danger.
Mr. JONES to Mr. Baron EYRE.
Oct. 2, 1782 I have been in England about a fortnight, and was made happyby learning in John Street, that you had long been restored to health from the illness which confined you, to my inexpressible concern, at the time when I set out for the Continent. The cause of my return is, in few words, this; I ought to have foreseen, what I never
go at all.
theless did not expect, that the same timidity or imbecility, which made my unhappy friend declare, that he neither could nor would go to Virginia without me, would make him declare, when he saw the fails and the waves, that he neither would nor could
A dread of some imaginary danger
fo enervated him, that he kept his bed, and wrote me word, that if he staid a week longer at Nantes, he should lose his reason or his life. My expostulations had some little effect, but there was no dependence, I found, on a man who had none, he confessed, upon himself; and when I discovered that no ship, with even tolerable accommodation, would fail till September, so that I could not keep my word with my friends in England, by returning from America before
I came back through Normandy about the middle of August, and having a few weeks to spare, made a very pleafant and improving excursion into Holland, which I traversed from South to North. The detail of my expedition may not perhaps be
the new year,