343. To John Hughes2
Bilton3 [Monday] Oct. 12. 1713
I am very much obliged to you for your kind letter and the specimen, which I read over with great pleasure. I think the title of the Register would be less assuming than that of the Humanity Club; but, to tell you truly, I have been so taken up with thoughts of that nature for these two or three years last past, that I must now take some time pour me délasser, and lay pg 280in fewel for a future work.1 In the mean time, I should be glad if you would set such a project on foot, for I know nobody else capable of succeeding in it, and turning it to the good of mankind, since my friend has laid it down. I am in a thousand troubles for poor Dick, and wish that his zeal for the public may not be ruinous to himself; but he has sent me word that he is determined to go on, and that any advice I can give him in this particular, will have no weight with him.2
I beg you will present my most sincere respects to Sir Richard Blackmore, and that you will add my sister's, who is now with me, and very much his humble servant.3 I wish I could see him and yourself in these parts, where I think of staying a month or two longer. I am always with the greatest truth and esteem, sir,
- Your most faithful and
- Most obedient servant,
- J. Addison.
Address: [London]—J. Duncombe.—Letters of John Hughes, &c. (1773), i. 119–20.