Letter from EDMUND BURKE to JAMES BARRY, written 8 October 1769 , at Gregories

Source: MS F.W.Hilles, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale. Printed: Fryer, Works of Barry, i. 138; Burke, Correspondence, ii. 86-87.

Although the MS does not give the year in which the letter was written, it seems certain to be 1769 since Barry replies on 8 November 1769. Burke writes from his country house 'Gregories' near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

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Dear Barry,

Some time ago I wrote to you very much at large, & with a great deal of freedom.1 But I trust you will have the goodness to attribute the Liberty I have taken in laying before you my Sentiments upon any part of your Conduct, to my sollicitude2 for your Success in your profession, & your Credit & satisfaction in Life: I should not have troubled you again after so short an interval, if I had not received a Letter relative to you, from our friend Doctor Sleigh,3 who interests himself very much for your Welfare. You see the Business is of importance, & deserves your Consideration. But the Letter which you have enclosed will let you more fully into the Business than I am able to do;4 & you will understand it much better than I can, as you are undoubtedly acquainted with the state of your fathersfather's affairs & the situation of your family.5 Possibly this may find you before you leave Rome.6 If it shd should I wish you a good Journey thro' through Italy - pray think of the affair enclosed as […] [gap in transcription (illegible), words: 1] as you can & see what can be done in it. I am with the greatest Truth & affection

Dear Barry
most sincerely yours

EdmEdmund Burke

Gregories Oct. r 8

All here desire to be rememberdremembered to you.