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from the pang which the sad intelligence from England gave her, and a pious resignation 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 am engaged in superintending a complete system of Indian laws : but the work is vast, difficult, and delicate; it occupies all my Jeisure, and makes me the worst of correspondents. I trust, however, that long letters are not necessary to convince you, that I am, &c. Sir WILLIAM JONES to Mrs. SLOPER.
Chrishna-nagur, Oct. 13, 1790. I deserve no thanks for the attentions which it is both my duty and my delight to shew our beloved Anna; but you deserve, and I beg you to accept my warmest thanks for your entertaining letter, for your, frequent kind remembrance of me, and for your acceptable present of a snuff-box in the most elegant taste. All that you write concerning our friends, is highly interesting to me; and all pleasing, except the contents of your last page ; but the most agreeable part of
Sister to Lady Joncs, and married to William-Charles Sloper, Esq.
your letter is the hope which you express, that the Bath waters would restore you to health : and it gives me infinite pleasure to know, that your hope has been realized. Anna will give you a full account of herself, and will mention some of the many reasons, that make me a bad correspondent. I thank you for Erskine's speech, but I was myself an advocate so long, that I never mind what advocates say, but what they prove; and I can only examine proofs in causes brought before me. I knew you would receive with your usual good. pature, my saucy jests about your hand-writing, but hope you will write to me as you write to Anna; for you know, the more any character resembles pot-hooks, &c. the better I can read it. My love to Amelia, and to all whom you love, which would give them a claim, if they had no other, to the affection of, My dear Madam,
Your ever faithful, WILLIAM JONES. Sir William Jones to Sir J. Macpherson, Bart.
Chrishnu-nagur, Oct. 15, 1790. . I give you hearty thanks for your postscript, which (as you enjoin secrecy) I will only allude to ambiguously, lest this letter should fall into other hands than yours. Be assured, that what I am going to say, does not proceed from an imperfect sense of your kindness, but really I want no addition to my fortune, which is enough for me; and if the whole legislature of Britain were to offer me a different station from that which I now fill, should most gratefully and respectfully
decline decline it. The character of an ambitious judge is, in my opinion, very dangerous to public justice; and if I were a sole legislator, it should be enacted that every judge, as well as every bishop should remain for life in the place which he first accepted. This is not the language of a cynic, but of a man who loves his friends, his country, and mankind; who knows the short duration of human life, recol. lects that he has lived four-and-forty years, and has learned to be contented. Of public affairs," you will receive better intelligence, than I am able to give you. My private life is similar to that which you remember: seven hours a day on an average are occupied by my duties as a magistrate, and one hour to the new Indian digest; for one hour in the evening, I read aloud to Lady Jones. We are now travelling to the sources of the Nile withi Mr. Bruce, whose work is very interesting and im-' portant. The second volume of the Asiatic Transactions is printed, and the third ready for the press I jabber Sanscrit every day with the pundits, and hope, before I leave India, to understand it as well as I do Latin. Among my letters I find one directed to you; I have unsealed it, and though it only shews that I was not inattentive to the note, with which you favoured me on the eve of your departure, yet I annex it, because it was yours, though brought back by my servant.
The latter part of it will raise melancholy ideas; but death, if we look at it firmly, is only a change of place: every departure of a friend is a sort of
death ; and we are all continually dying and revi: ving. We shall all meet; I hope to meet you again in India ; but, wherever we meet, I expect to see you well and happy. None of your friends can wish for you health and happiness more ardently : than, my dear Sir, &c. Sir WILLIAM JONES to R. MORRIS, Esq.
Calcutta, Oct. 30, 1790. When your letter arrived, I had begun E my judicial campaign, and am so busy I can only
answer it very shortly. Lady J. and myself are i sincerely rejoiced, that you have so good an esta
blishment in so fine a country. Need I say, that - it would give me infinite delight to promote your
views ? As far as I can; I will promote them; but though I have a very extensive acquaintance, I neither hæve, nor can have, influence; I can only approve and recommend, and do my best to circulate your proposals. We are equally obliged to you for your kind invitation, as if we had it in our power to accept it; but I fear we cannot leave Calcutta long enough to revisit your Indian Montpelier. As one of the Cymro-dorians, I am warmly interested in British antiquities and literature; but my honour is pledged for the completion of the new digest of Hindu laws, and I have not a moment to spare for any other study. Sir WILLIAM JONES to Sir J. SINCLAIR,.
Chrishna-nagur, Oct. 15, 1791. / You may rely upon my best endeavours
to procure information concerning the Asiatic wool, or soft hair ; and the animals that carry it. I had the pleasure of circulating your very inte. resting tracts at Calcutta, and of exhibiting the specimens of very beautiful wool with which you favoured me. My own time, however, is engaged from morning to night in discharging my public duties, and in arranging the new digest of Indian laws. I must therefore depend chiefly on others, iu procuring the information you are desirous of obtaining. Mr. Bebb of the board of trade, and Colonel Kyd who superintends the Company's garden, have promised to assist me. The wool of these provinces is too coarse to be of use: but that of Kerman in Persia, which you know by the name of Carmanian wool, is reckoned exquisitely fine, and you might, I suppose, procure the sheep from Bombay. The shawl goats would live, I imagine, and breed, in England; but it is no less difficult to procure the females from Cashmir, than to procure mares from Arabia. When you see Mr. Richardson, do me the favour to give him my best thanks for the parcel, which he sent me by desire of the Highland Society. Sir William Jones to George Harding, Esq. MY DEAR SIR; Chrishna-nagur, Oct. 16, 1791.
If the warmth of hearts were measured by the frequency of letters, my heart must be thought the .coldest in the world: but you, I am confident, will never apply so fallacious a thermo