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sent a pair of bracelets for you, my Lord • Lumely was so kind as to take the charge
of them; he will give them to Mr. Murray *, ! who I hope will take the first opportunity of
sending them. One is with the Duke of • Hamilton's hair twined round the side below • the glass, and covered partly with a slight ! chain of gold : in the middle is a Ducal • coronet with the letter H. The other con"tains Jack's hair and mine in the same • taste, with the letters J. M. The ground ' of both is light blue. I hope they will please you, and I pray God, from the bottom of my soul, that you may enjoy long • life and good health to wear them. His · Grace received Jeanie's present of the
sword-knot, which he wears when he is in · full dress, because he thinks it very well
done, and says he is sure she must be a ' neat-handed, clever girl, and desires she ' will accept of his thanks and best compli'ments. I am happy to hear your Brother
* The father of Mr. Murray, Albemarle Street.
and Mrs. Simson are well. Be sure you • let them know I wrote, and would write
oftener, if I knew how to send the letters, ' and was not certain that you inform them of • all relating to me.
I bless God for Mr. • Graham's recovery. You may enjoy, my · dear, all the pleasure that a mother ought • to feel in the certitude of having a most
promising son. Jack is really a pretty 'youth; his face is of a manly beauty, his
person is strong, and his figure very elegant; 'he dances, fences, and rides with uncommon
address ; his mind begins to expand, and • he shows a great deal of vivacity, tempered ' with good sense and benevolence; he is of 'a daring and intrepid temper, and of an
obliging disposition. He draws tolerably; ' he speaks, reads, and writes French admi' rably well; he has a very good notion of ' geography, arithmetic, and the easier parts • of practical geometry.
He is often operating in the fields ; and informs me how he • would attack Geneva, and shows me the 'weak parts of the fortification. The Duke
of Hamilton and everybody are fond of
him; and he is distractedly fond of his ' mother and sister, and never tires of talking of his brothers. I am sure, my dear, you • will do everything in your power to have * the boys well educated in useful learning ; ' and next to that, endeavour to keep them 'clear of vulgarity and sheepishness. Jack, • for as much company as he has seen, is yet ' • a little timid. Use them to speak to ' strangers with good breeding ; it is of much
importance. Pray employ them occasionally ' in reading English poetry aloud, and let • them get it by heart, and pronounce it well, . and before people without fear. I think • this should be a proper and agreeable task * to Graham, in particular, who possibly may
be a lawyer ; but even if he should choose 'to go into the navy, it will be of use. I hope you have no objection to have one of our brave lads a sailor. As we are to leave Geneva within about ten or twelve days, 'you must address no more letters to this ‘place. We go by Strasburg into Ger
many, visiting the courts of Manheim, Hesse-Cassel, Hanover, and Brunswick. * At this last place we shall most probably
remain for some time. If you thing particular to say, address to under a cover,
"A Mons. Mons. le Duc d'Hamilton, poste restante à Manheim en
Allemagne,” and I shall receive the letter ' when we arrive there ; but if nothing is
pressing, do not write till you hear from me ' again. I have given Jack an uniform to ap' pear in at the German courts,-red, faced ' up with white, white vest and breeches, with 'gold shoulder-knot. I do not think it im
probable but I shall see you in summer. . We pass the winter certainly in Germany. . ' I beg it of you, my dear Jane, not to become • low-spirited neither in public nor in pri
I wish you would not write to me of the walls of
your closet being witnesses ' of your feelings.” What do you think mine
are, when you use such expressions? Can I · help it if I am not so rich as to live without any separation from those I love? Can I
· help it if I am half-beggared by the villany
of extravagant adventurers? I wish above · all things to live with you and my family, • and will do it as soon as practicable. Once
more, I beg you will show your love to me · by cheerful and active care of yourself and • family, and by enjoying every comfort I can
• afford you.
John, when nearly fourteen to his brother James Moore :
• Vienna, Oct. 21st, 1775. Je vous suis obligé, mon cher Jamie, de votre lettre,
elle m'a fait autant plus de plaisir que ça venoit de vous-même • de m'écrire. J'ai été présenté à l'Impéra'trice et à l'Empereur ; pour la première, elle
s'appelle Marie Thérèse. Je ne l'aurois * jamais crus si fameuse, si on ne me l'avoit
L'autre est tout-à-fait galant • homme; il a été très poli vis-à-vis de mon · a
à * père ; ils ont quelquefois de longues con( versations ensemble.