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The 13=th= of june [\ADDED 1758\] Dear Sir
   It has always been an abatement to my pleasure in corresponding with you that I was taking up the time you could employ to more usefull purpose or agreable amusement, & I could never find an hour in which my letter could properly steal in upon you. but even the unhappy have their moments, & I have at last found [\one/] most suitable to me; which is when you are in the Coblers library, after Bunyan & quarter, those classicks of y=e= artifices in leather, I think I may properly come in, & as I shall talk of Heroes, talk of Kings, armaments & navies, expect to take y=e= par of y=e= biographer of the Seven champions tho I know his history is adorn'd with cuts. In the first place I congratulate you on our success in Africa, some account of it you will have seen in the news papers, but I may add that we shall now serve our selves with a certain gum necessary in staining cottons for which we used to expend sixty thousand pounds a Year. This affair was affected by an honest rough Sea Captain whose name is Marsh, who owes his advancement in y=e= Navy to M=r= Boscawen. Prince Ferdinands passing y=e= Rhine is lookd upon by the skillfull in War as a very great peice of Generalship, & our Gracious Sovereign is much delighted with the event. All English hearts are in palpitations for what this week is to bring forth, we expect hourly to hear
of the success of our attack upon S=t= Malo's of a battle daily expected to be performd by that great Master of the science of defence the King of Prussia, & of what has happend at Louisbourg. Our troops landed at S=t= Malo's without opposition, but what dire contention may have fallen out since we know not. there was a report yesterday that y=e= place was carried by y=e= loss of a thousand [\of our/] Men but thank God it was merely a rumour. So much for War & Wars alarms; as to our civil occurrences they have been so boisterously carried I need not change the tone of my narrat[{ive{] [\IN MARGIN\] All the Judges the Lord Keeper, the Chief Justice & the late L=d= Chancellor gave their opinions against y=e= (\habeas corpus\) bill L=d= Temple much in wrath insulted y=e= Judges in some of his questions, L=d= Lyttelton warmly & sharply reproved [\him/] upon which words rose so high the House of Lords interposed. The last day of this bill L=d= Mansfield & Lord Hardwicke spoke so full to the matter, even ye Tory Lords & these most violent in their wishes for it declared they were convinced y=e= new bill was dangerous to liberty in many respects, in many absurd; so that had there been a division there w=d= not have been four votes for it but M=r= Pitts party discreetly avoided a division. This affair has not set the legislative Wisedom of ye House of Commons in a very high light, but the great M=r= Beckford whom
No arguments can convince, no defeat make ashamed, nor mistake make diffident, did on the notion for a vote of credit stand up in y=e= house of Commons & say, he w=d= not oppose that measure as he had an opinion of y=e= two Commoners in y=e= administration but in y=e= Peers that composed it, he had no confidence, & ran on in foul abuse of them, & then ended with a severe censure on y=e= house of Lords in general. L=d= Royston answerd him that this was unparliamentary [\in being DELETED\] [\where/] personal, & indecent in regard to y=e= house of Peers in general, to which M=r= Pitt answerd with great heat that he was sorry to hear such language from a Gentleman who was to be a Peer; [\he/] set forth y=e= great importance & dignity of M=r= Beckford personally, & above all the dignity & importance of an Alderman, considering it was a title he [\sh=d= INTO should\] be more proud of than that of a Peer This speech has enraged y=e= Lords, offended the Commons, & the Citty ungratefully say, it was too gross. Those who wish well to this Country & consequently to an union of parties at this juncture are very sorry for these heats, it is well if they do not unsolder y=e= union Lady F: Williams is set out for Hampton Court to day. [\REST CROSSED OUT BY MM? I have pass'd a good deal of time at Ealing since you left us & the fresh air has done some service to my health which you so kindly enquire after
I began Islington waters to day. I am anxious for M=r= Emin, who went with Commodore Howe. I can give credit very easily to what you say of y=e= potatoes they make a fine meal & better starch than y=e= finest wheat. & I have known y=e= potatos meal put into pudding because better than wheat flour. L=d= Chesterfield exhorted y=e= Irish to make starch of it. Thank God we have a prospect of a good Harvest from y=e= refreshing rains we have had of late.
   I will give you immediate intelligence of y=e= event of our Enterprize, & sh=d= till it was decided have delay_d writing, if I had not thought my letter now w=d= suit so well with your present studies. I am afraid my letter is hardly legible, but D=r= & M=rs= Mille staid with me till after y=e= first bell had gone by & as the ancient histories of S=t= George & y=e= Dragon &c are usually in y=e= black letter my manuscript will still suit y=e= better with y=e= books you have been reading. I am delighted with y=r= Idea of [\Torri\] & his family I expect to see some of them in y=e= advertiser stolen or stray_d. I shall think they have good luck who find either M=r= Arnold or his [\Agues OR Agnes?\] . I hope you will find benefit from Cheltenham waters, & do not doubt of your finding pleasure at Foxly. I must tell you that with all your taste you make a very false judgment of your own letters. I will allow you to say it may give [\you/] some trouble to write them, but pray do not assert that I have not great pleasure in reading them for it becomes not a descendant of y=e= great Bishop Stillingfleet to tell a fib.
   I am with great regard y=r= most Obliged