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and if I do not obtrude too much upon his good nature, probably you may have the accommodation you prefer : it is yet time enough, and when I have made an arrangement you shall know; but in future I wish you not to act so prematurely. Be assured I shall be glad to see you : indeed, I begin to value your company, and I hope you appreciate me as an acquaintance worthy your associating with. I have been very low-spirited for some time. November is a gloomy month with most persons, but particularly so with me : it creates and calls to mind recollections of so acute a nature - it excoriates a wound which seven long years have been ineffectual to heal. But I must change the subject, or it will bleed afresh.

You have not given me any account of your dining with Mr. Hamilton. If


find an opportunity of calling upon him, which I would have you do, pray thank him, in my name, for his attention to you ; and say, I shall feel proud should he honour me with a call when he comes to town.

Do not have any reserve in writing to me. I shall always be glad to hear from you : there will be no reserve on my part ; for I shall consider that I am corresponding with a friend — one in whom I do, and shall, most probably, place my best confidence in. If I do not find a friend in you, where shall I look for one ?

Nay do not think I flatter:
For what advancement may I hope from thee
That no revenue hast, but thy good spirits,
To feed and clothe thee?"

“ Give me that man
That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of hearts,
As I do thee !"

Avoid, Richard, being a slave to passion. In your temper use all gentleness ;” in your amusements, temperance ; in all your little barterings with your schoolfellows, honesty and liberality ; but, above all, never move from the pedestal of TRUTH. Then will mercy, at your most need, help you."

grace and

Yours ever,

B. 0.



Royal Exchange, December 7, 1822. I CONGRATULATE you upon the approximation to the holidays. I think you must enjoy it in anticipation as much as the boys who are under your command. During the ensuing vacation I hope I shall have the honour of seeing you in Tavistock Place; and should Mrs. Drury favour Mrs. Oakley with a call, she will proudly acknowledge it an act of kindness. I beg we may be most respectfully remembered to her.

My son writes to me in excellent spirits. pleased with the easy diction of his letters, and have every reason to be satisfied with his conduct, and the progress he has made under your judicious instruction.

He intimates to me a wish that he may be allowed to participate in the comforts of a snug room with Ravenhill, in the event of there being an opening

- a broad hint, by the way, that I should take the responsibility of hinting as much to you.

I am

Consider me, dear Sir, to be

Yours very truly,



Tavistock Place, December 27, 1822. I THANK you for your splendid specimens of the graphic art. You have only to convert the graver into the chisel, (combined with the talent you have manifested), in order to arrive at excellence. May you rival the works of Phidias, and tread in the steps of the great Michael Angelo!

I have made inquiry to-day for the head of Dibdin, and have a faint hope it will be attended with success. If the rough features of my own phiz should not be likely to disturb the soft and beautiful repose of the dreamers, or disturb the order of your portfolio, lay me in silence by them.

Your obliged Servant,

B. O.

To Mrs. PARROTT, Tooting.


Tavistock Place, December 31, 1822. The close of the year naturally directs our thoughts to the occurrences which have passed within it; and I know of none that has given me more pleasure than the few opportunities I have had of witnessing, with heartfelt delight, the comforts which sur

round you.

Blessed as you are in your union with the amiable partner of your destinies, and enjoying the prattling society of your darling children, I cannot picture to myself a greater happiness, nor in this world of vicissitudes must you look beyond it.


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Care and anxiety await us in every stage of life; but when we weigh our pleasures with our solicitudes, we shall find they are nearly balanced. May then your anxiety, at this moment, lead to the expectation of increased domestic happiness in the speedy addition to your family group !

At the request of your sisters, I have brought together, in chronological order, nearly all the letters I have, at various times, written to them; as also others of a multifarious cast, which it has been their uniform practice to copy and preserve; thereby enabling me to connect, in one chain, the various links which are to form this volume. Having no secrets which I would not cheerfully repose in the bosoms of my children, nor expressed any sentiment I would wish to recal, I felt no hesitation in complying with their request; well knowing, as I do, the pleasure it gives them, at all times, to run over the hurried effusions of my observations and advice, whenever directed in epistolary forms. Bringing therefore together a continued series of events, it may serve to show, and bring to their recollection, scenes of delight and anxiety, forming, as it were, “an unvarnished tale of my whole course of love" for them their comforts, happiness, and prosperity.

If in the reperusal of these letters it should serve to bring to their remembrance the anxieties of a parent for the welfare of his children — if in this short epitome of his life it should excite in them a desire to infuse into the minds of those whom, in the order of Providence, it may be their duty to instruct, the admonitions there set forth may, perhaps, prove salutary and useful ; and when the heart which dictated, and the hand which


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wrote them, are frozen in the icy tomb, they will remain as testimonials of his solicitude and cares.

To you, my dear Adriana, my first parental letter was written — to you, then, I address the last which closes this long catalogue. You, as a mother, can estimate the value of a parent's advice : and as your tender vigilance is directed to the lovely offspring around you, you will know how to appreciate the return of their gratitude, as I do that of yourself, your sisters, and brother, for the uniform affection and attention they have ever shown to

Your loving Father,

B. 0.

I have been prevailed upon to publish also my perambulatory

Remarks : these, and the Letters, have occupied my winter evenings for some time past. Should they be acceptable to my children, for whose use, and that of a few select friends, they are intended, I shall be amply repaid for the time it has taken me in arranging them for the press.




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