Letter from EDMUND BURKE to JAMES BARRY, written 15 April 1768, at London

Source: MS Montague Collection of Historical Autographs, Box 1 Bruce-Burke, New York Public Library. Printed; Fryer, Works of Barry, i. 158; Burke, Correspondence, ix. 393.

Burke had just been re-elected as member of parliament for Wendover in the General Election in March 1768, an election that also saw the election of John Wilkes (1727-97) for Middlesex. [img] The family had moved from Queen Anne Street to a house in Charles Street in mid-November 1767, which is probably where he now writes from; he had also purchased an estate of some 600 acres at Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, where he was to spend an increasing amount of his time: ‘It is a place exceedingly pleasant’ (Burke to Shackleton, 1 May 1768, Burke, Correspondence, i. 351).

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Dear Barry,

I am heartily ashamed, for myself & all your friends, that we have so long neglected to write to you.1 By & by we may make up for our Neglect. atAt the present I have only to say, that I thank God we are all well, that we shall endeavour to make amends for this Neglect, & that you will be so good to continue in Rome until you hear again from some of us.2

My Dear Barry
most afftlyaffectionately yours

EdmEdmund Burke

April 15. 1768