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* J'ai été à plusieurs balles masquées, où on • s'amuse beaucoup ; mais aussi je m'applique

aux choses utiles cinq ou six heures par ‘jour, parceque je suis persuadé que notre 'cher père sera plus content de voir nous s autres tous roides mort

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· Adieu, cher Jamie,

John Moore.'

Dr. Moore to Mrs. Moore:

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Geneva, July 11th, 1776. My dear Jane,- We crossed Mount Cenis ' without any accident, and I did not find it near so formidable an affair as it had been represented. What the Psalmist asserts, a • little rashly, of all men, I often repeat-I • have said in my heart that all travellers are • liars.

• We had a letter from the Duchess (of Argyll), desiring us to stop wherever that letter found us till we should hear again from her. We received the letter at Turin. I wished exceedingly to remain there till we should hear, but all to no purpose; the * Duke (of Hamilton) was impatient to be at

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• Geneva ; and when he wishes to be at any

; ' place, he wishes at the same time that all 'the space between were annihilated ; and his ' wish would be the same though Paradise • instead of Piedmont had occupied the in• terval. Jack was as fond as the Duke of ' returning to Geneva, and he is much too

strong for me when the Duke is his second. • We were received by our friends with in• finite kindness, and have been wonderfully

feasted. Jack quitted Geneva a boy, and • has returned a man : though he has been 'caressed by all the high and mighty of the · Republic, and is always invited with the · Duke and me, yet if, at the same time, he · has an invitation from any of his old ac' quaintances, of a much humbler class, he always prefers the latter. I pressed him one day to go with us, because the people · had insisted particularly on his coming ; it ' was to a fine villa, and a most brilliant .party; I could not prevail ; he silenced me " ,

with this sentence,—“ They who have in' vited me are poor; they were kind to me when the others did not think me worth

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• their notice.” Never was a creature less 'spoiled than your son by all the great people who have caressed him, nor by all the uncommon, fine situations he has been *in; though his manner is manly and noble,

yet it is simple, and he assumes no airs ; he ' is a charming youth, I wish you had him in ' your arms.

· I am sometimes tortured with horrid ima'ginations : two nights since I dreamt that · I received letters sealed with black wax; • I thought they brought an account of your · death ; I was agonized with grief; I wa• kened calling, “Oh Jack! oh, my dear boy!

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! your mother is dead, you will never see her; you will never see the tenderest and . best of mothers !” I was all trembling, and

covered with sweat when I awakened, and • never had so pleasant a sensation in my life, as when I found all was a dream !

God Almighty bless and preserve you, ' my dearest friend. Take care of your own • health ; I need not recommend that of your mother, nor of the children.. My best love

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to them all. Remember me to Mrs. Dunlop and John Millar. · I am ever yours most tenderly,

John Moore.'

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John Moore, on returning from the Continent, to his Father, who was still in France :

• London, Sept. 16th, 1776. 'I received your letter, dear Papa, just ' when I was leaving the inn at Calais, and ' at the same time putting my own in the ' post. Nobody can be more sensible of the • truth of what you mention than myself, and accordingly I shall try to observe it as closely as possible.

• I arrived here on the evening of the 14th ' current, along with the Duke. We went at

first to the Adelphi Buildings, in the Strand. * But yesterday the Duke went to stay with

Lady Derby, in Grosvenor Square, and I ' went to my uncle, who lives in the city, • and who had offered me a room in his house. • As soon as I arrived in town, I went to Mr. • John Murray's, who was in the country

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' with his spouse, who it seems is dying, but · he had left word for me where my uncle

lived, and likewise to make use of a room · in his house.

• I have delivered all my packets, which 'I got safe out of Dover, and likewise de• livered my letter to Mr. Drummond, who ' told me that General Harvey would be in 'town in a day or two, and that Mr. Harvey was expected every day. He told me to call upon

him to-morrow, and that he could tell * me more about when and how I could see • them. I have ordered my hat and buttons, * &c. My uncle Simson has been trying to ' find out two companions for me to go down • in a post-chaise to Edinburgh. He thinks • he'll succeed; but I can't determine upon

any time for my departure till I know the · day that I am to see the General. The • Duke intended to remain in London only • two or three days, but I find that Lady • Derby has made him change his resolution, • for he has ordered some suits of dress clothes, and intends to be presented at

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