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tion, which I desire you to accept, and to
Your faithful humble servant,
Passy, March 17, 1783.
your obliging letter of Nov. 15.
You will have since learnt how much I was then and have been continually engaged in public affairs, and your goodness will excuse my not having anfwered it sooner. You announced
intended marriage with my much respected friend Miss Anna Maria, which I assure
you gave me great pleasure, as I cannot conceive a match more likely to be happy, from the amiable qualities each of you possess so plentifully. You mention its taking place as soon as a prudent attention to worldly interests would permit. I just now learn from Mr. Hodgson, that you are appointed to an honourable and profitable place in the Indies;
so I expect now soon to hear of the wedding, and to receive the profile. With the good Bishop's permission, I will join my blessing with his ; adding my wishes that you may return from that corrupting country, with a great deal of money honestly acquired, and with full as much virtue as you carry out with
you know was projected before the peace, is but just finished. None are yet struck in hard metal, but will in a few days. In the mean time, having this good opportunity by Mr. Penn, I find you one of the Epreuves. You will see that I have profited by some of your ideas, and adopted the mottos you were so kind as to furnish.
I am at present quite recovered from my late illness, and flatter myself that I may in the ensuing summer be able to undertake a trip to England, for the pleasure of seeing once more my dear friends there, among whom the Bishop and his family stand foremost in my estimation and affection.
your good wishes respecting me. Mine for
welfare and prosperity are not less earnest and sincere ; being with great truth, dear Sir, Your affectionate friend, and most obedient fervant,
I have mentioned the literary productions of Sir William Jones in the order in which they were published. I observe however two compositions which had escaped my attention; an abridged History of the Life of Nadir Shah, in English, and a History of the Persian Language, intended to be prefixed to the first edition of his Persian
* The reader will peruse with pleasure the following lines from the Arabic, written by Sir William Jones, in 1783, and addressed to Lady Jones.
While sad suspense and chill delay
Bereave my wounded soul of rest,
By turns assail my lab’ring breast.
A long list might be formed of works which he meditated at different periods. He had projected a Treatise on Maritime Contracts; and with a view to the completion of this work, he commiffioned a friend to purchase for him the Collections of Heineccius, containing the Dissertations of Stypman and Kerrick, with any other works that could be procured on the same subject. It was also his intention to republish Lyttleton's Treatise on Tenures, from the first edition of 1482, with a new translation, explanatory notes, and a commentary; and to prefix an Introductory Discourse on the Laws of
My heart, which ardent love consumes,
Throbs with each agonizing thought;
The lark in wily meshes caught.
There she, with unavailing strain,
Pours thro’ the night her warbled grief:
The dawn appears, but not relief.
Two younglings wait the parent bird,
Their thrilling sorrows to appease:
Was but a whisper of the breeze.
England. He had made a considerable progress towards the completion of this work, which still exists, but not in a sufficient degree of advancement for publication.
I have remarked the extraordinary avidity with which he availed himself of every opportunity to acquire knowledge: but I have omitted to mention his attendance during a course of anatomical lectures, by the celebrated Hunter: and amongst other sciences which he diligently and successfully cultivated, I have still to mention the Mathematics, in which he had advanced so far, as to read and understand Newton's Principia.
The review of the various acquisitions of Sir William Jones in science and literature, will be introduced in another place; and having brought to a close that portion of his life, which was passed in England, I must now prepare the reader to transport himself with him to Hindustan.
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