London, Oct. 26, 1765
Idle as it may seem, I really did not think when I left you that you would depart the next morning, and I am vexed not to have given one hearty parting squeeze. I need not say our warmest and heartiest good wishes attend you every where; I need not specify our regards by naming us separately, for we all and one love you and esteem you with one voice and heart.1
I have mentioned you to Mr. Morrison, secretary to the Duke of Richmond, who will deliver you this, and will, I believe, shew show you some civility;2 inclosedenclosed you have the proper letters upon Paris and Rome. You can find no difficulty in finding them respectively at Paris and Rome. If any difficulty, even ideal, occurs to you, you will, at least you ought, and therefore I the more think you will acquaint us with it immediately, for you know we have too well grounded hopes of your finding the thoroughest advantages of your tour, and being one day a credit to your country; and therefore you will rely that you shall have no let or impediment in your studies.
Ned3 meant to have said a word to you, but you know his little leisure, and therefore will know that his silence is not a want of love and attention to you. Mrs. Burke4 has, I think, as many good wishes for you as any of us; I need not say the Doctor is not coldly your friend;5 Richard6 is always warm; even the little Dick,7 I think loves you, and I think it, because I love to suppose that the little fellow will do what in gratitude and honesty he ought to do.
Farewell, remember us all to Mr.Macleane,8 and believe them all what I am, Dear Barry, your sincere friend and servant.Wm. William Burke.
I should not omit that poor Creagh,9 who is here, loves and esteems you; if there are little particularities, they are by no means of a bad mind, he loves you, and the regard of a good man is always valuable.