Dec. 18, 1759.
I received very safely the Life you were pleased to send me of Weever, the antiquary, which I read with a great deal of satisfaction, and transmitted it immediately to the proprietor of the Biographia, of which I gave you an account by letter, which it seems by some accident has miscarried. On all occasions of this sort, you may depend on my punctuality, as I have a particular attention, and indeed a peculiar affection for every thing that comes from you.
I believe you are well enough acquainted with booksellers to know that they are not very ready in communicating their intentions; but notwithstanding this I have reason to believe that there will be a supplement to this work; and if your friend will confide the Life of Mr. Lloyd to me, I will take as much care of it as if it was my own. There are few people better acquainted with his works than I am, and of course nobody has a higher veneration for his memory and his merit. He was a man of true learning, and sincerely zealous for the honour of his country.
I learn by letters that arrived by this day's mail, that they look upon a Congress at the Hague as a thing certain, and are actually making preparations for it. The Duke of Burgundy is very ill of some disease, for which the use of baths was improperly directed; in consequence of which the Paris papers say an amputation it is feared will be necessary, but of what part is a secret of state with which they do not think proper to trust us. Marshal Conflans, not satisfied with destroying the French fleet, has destroyed the reputation of five of his officers, and is in a fair way of destroying their persons, for the King has ordered them to be arrested. I know that all news from London is welcome, and therefore I hope you will excuse this liberty from
Your faithful and obedient servant,