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moirs was compelled, by the reiterated attacks of severe indisposition, to leave India. For an account of the occupations of Sir William Jones, from that period to his return, I refer to his correspondence, beginning with a letter from Count Reviczki*; the reader will see with pleasure, that the mutual regard professed by the two friends had suffered no abatement from time or separation.

London, June 30, 1789. By the Vestal frigate, which was to convey

Lord Cathcart to China, I wrote an answer to your elegant Persian letter, which I received through Mr. Elmsley. It was a most agreeable proof to me, that I was still honoured with a place in your remembrance, notwithstanding the distance which separates

I have since learned, that Colonel Cathcart died on the voyage; and as the Vestal, in consequence of this event, returned to England, I am not without apprehension, that my letter never reached you. I have since received


* Appendix, No. 38,

a most superb work printed at Calcutta, and which would do honour to the first printingoffice in Europe, accompanied with an elegant and obliging letter. I recognized in it the hand of a skilful penman, if I may

be allowed to judge; for I have so long neglected the cultivation of Oriental literature, that I am almost as much a stranger to it, as if I had never learned it. I have never yet seen so elegant a specimen of Oriental typography, as that in the Persian

with which




I cannot express how much I regret the loss of your society during my residence in London, which would have afforded me so much gratification; and I doubt if I shall have an opportunity of enjoying it after

your return, as I must soon enter upon the new office conferred upon me by the emperor,

of minister at Naples. But whatever my destination may be, of this you may be assured, that neither absence nor distance will ever weaken my attachment to you, and that during life I shall

eonsider myself equally bound by gratitude and inclination to preserve it.

I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant,


Sir William Jones to Dr. Price.

Crishna-nagur, Sept. 14, 1790. MY DEAR SIR,

I give you my warmest thanks for your friendly letter, and acceptable present of an admirable discourse, which I have read with great delight.


have twenty millions (I speak with good information) of Indian subjects, whose laws I am now compiling and arranging, in the hope of securing their property to themselves and their heirs. They are pleased with the work; but it makes me a very bad correspondent. I had Aattered myself with a hope of making a visit to our venerable friend at Philadelphia, . before the retreat which I meditate to my hum.

ble cottage in Middlesex; but God's will be done. We shall meet, I devoutly hope, in a happier state.

To the Rev. Dr. Ford, Principal of Magdalen

Hall, Oxford.

kind at

Crishna-nagur, Oet. 11, 1790. Though I am for the best of reasons the worst of correspondents, yet I will no longer delay to thank you for your friendly letter of the fourth of February, and for your tentions to Colonel Polier. You have a much better correspondent in Mr. Langlas, whose patriotism, I hope, will succeed, and whose Persian literature will be a source of delight to him, if not to the public. Mr. Wehl's favour never reached me, or I would have answered it immediately, and I request you to inform him of my disappointment. The chances are about three to one against your receiving this ; and the fear of writing for the sport of winds and waves, disheartens me whenever I take

up a pen.

Sir William Jones to William Shipley, Esq.

Crishna-nagur, O27. 11, 1790.



The ships which brought your kind letters arrived so near the end of my thort vacation, that I have but just time to thank you for them, as I do most heartily, as well as for your acceptable presents. Anna Maria has recovered from the pang which the sad intelligence from England gave her, and a pious refignation has succeeded to her natural anguish. You are I hope quite recovered from your illness, and again promoting the welfare and convenience of mankind, by your judicious exertions and ingenious inventions, to which all possible attention shall be shewn in this country. May you very long enjoy the pleasure of doing good, which is, I well know, the only reward you seek! It is now settled here, that the natives are proprietors of their land, and . that it shall descend by their own laws. I

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