Sunday. Lady day. 98.
My dear Grosvenor Bedford
According to the family Bible my brother Thomas was twenty on the 1st of December last. he has been five years in the service.
certainly it is his intention to continue <in> it till he gets a
Lieutenancy. his future plans, future circumstances must determine, & no
person has any business to enquire into them. As for his political opinions, I
am not his conscience keeper, nor do I think it a question to be <asked
or> answered, till St Dominic  be appointed
first Saint of the Admiralty.
My dear Grosvenor do not suppose that I am insensible of your
friendly intentions. but whoever the person may be who thus qualifies his hints
of patronage, I think his questions somewhat unnecessary & impertinent. Tom is a good sailor, he is a young
man in whom I know no fault, not even a failing; I love & respect him, not
because he is my brother, but because I know no one more entitled to respect
& love. Assuredly every additional interest is desirable – but I trust he
has enough, to need but little, any assistance so proffered.
And now Grosvenor I will write to you upon this subject, for I
have been thinking of your friend in power all the last page. I thank you. write
to Tom – he will be gratified by
hearing from you, & his answer will be the only proper data for you to act
upon. I answer but only for myself in this world.
As for news of myself – I have none – except indeed that an event
of some importance happened to me on Friday, when I had a tooth drawn. I am well
– tho I believe approaching still nearer to the true skeleton proportion. Edith is better than when she left
London – but not in health. She is very thin & very weak. more I have not to
say. I have no love of epistolizing; in this I am altered. in other points I am
the same – & among those others, I
yrs truly, as it is in the beginning, is now, & ever shall
My direction is to Cottles.
* Address: To / Grosvenor
Endorsement: 25. March 1798
Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 23
 St Dominic (c. 1170–1221), founder of the Dominican friars
and, through his preaching against the Albigensians of southern France,
associated with the suppression of unorthodox views. BACK
 An appropriation of the Anglican
doxology ‘Gloria Patri’. BACK