May 9th, 1760.
Your application would have all the weight with me you could have desired, if it had not come after so strong an one for the contrary interest, that I am in a manner engaged to come down if thought necessary. However, I am glad that it furnishes me with so just a plea for remaining neuter; especially as it is the time of our Westminster School election, which I never miss attending, if I can help it. I am sorry to find you and your friend Mr. Price, of Woodstock, are of different inclinations in this affair; for it was by him, through my intimate, Waller, that I promised Mr. Nowel first. Lloyd (though not at present writing) I may say desires his compliments, for he intended to make them in form some time ago to you, by sending you his Epistle to B. T. Esq. (your humble servant) if he had been sure it would have reached you either at Winton or Oxon; but in this uncertainty he trusted that the fame of it would, by tempting you to enquire after it, make the present of a copy for present use in some manner unnecessary. However, I may venture to promise, in his name, that two (there are no royal paper ones) handsome copies, elegantly done up in marble covers, cut leaves, &c. shall travel down to Oxford in Jackson's next parcel — one for yourself and the other for his brother — must I say? — Usher. I have really no news to tell you, but that I intend to pay you a visit in about a week.
Yours most heartily, &c.