Rev. Thomas Blacklock

Alexander Dick to Joseph Spence, 25 August 1765; Spence, Anecdotes, ed. Singer (1820) 468-69.

Apropos your anxiety about your wonderfull ingenious friend Dr. Blacklock is most natural. I call several times to see him, and find both himself and his worthy help-mate chearfull and happy in their new habitation, and lately as I could not get to see them myself, I sent my Wife, since I got your Letter, to make more particular enquiries, and she reports to me that they have got a certainty of 7 Boarders, and have place only for one more, which I hope the winter cannot fail to produce to them; at present in the house only 3. The rent of the house is high, but it is commodious, and all the furniture new, and kept very neat. Your intended humanity to them will, I dare say, be very seasonable, and I presume will be the last they will need to set them on their feet.