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STANFORD AUXILIARY LIBRARY
280 MAR 0 5 1996
laboured to keep war at a distance ; never having been able to discover any advantage which could be derived from the greatest success ; I never approved of onr engaging in it, and I am sure it might have been avoided." The Ministers this year hold out to us the strongest hopes of what they call a victorious campaign. “ I am, indeed, ready enough to believe that we shall obtain those delusive advantages, which will en. courage us to proceed, but will not bring matters nearer to an happy termination." France gives all the assistance to the colonies which is consistent with the appearance of neutrality. Time is to shew whether she will proceed farther, or whether America can maintain herself in the present struggle, without a more open declaration and more decided effort from that power. At present, the Ministers seem confident that France is resolved to be quiet. If the Court of Versailles be so pacific, I assure you it is in defiance of the wishes and opinions of that whole nation.
• Adieu, my dear Sir. Be assured that no person rejoices more sincerely than I do in hearing every circumstance of fortune and honour that attends you. I am, with the most sincere esteem and affection, ever your most faithful and obedient humble servant,
EDMUND BURKE. I need not say with what affection John Bourke* salutes you.'
* Of London, a mercantile gentleman and relation of Edmund. Genius appears to belong to the family of the Burkes. Mr. John Bourke's nephew, Mr. Charles Palmer, of Jamaica, having studied law, by his genius and application is, though only twenty-seven years of age, at the head of his profession; and his younger brother, John, promised to be equally eminent in medicine, but was prematurely cut off soon after his education was finished. Their intellectual powers were formed and directed under the care of Dr. Robert Thomson, of Kensington.
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