pg 2627. To Joseph Priestley, 24 August 1796
Lond. Augt. 24 1796
I acknowledge the pleasure given me by your Letter of the 17th May & rejoice with you in the reception you have lately met with in Philadelphia, if that will not induce you to settle there I think nothing will, but all your friends here wish for it thinking it the place where you would be most useful & most happy.1 You tell me you sent two philosophical papers, a single sermon & a volume of sermons, but none of them have reached me.2 Several of the first have however been brought here for your friends for I have delivered to them, from Mr. Lindsey's Copy I have reprinted them & just as they were done.3 Mr. Henry arrived and brought me your address to the fr. philosophers, this I have added to them, but have omitted the last paragraph in the dedication. The Sermons are in the press from Vaughan's Copy because I do not wish that anything of yours should be lost to your country, & for this reason also I will print your continuation of the Church History. You shall not be plagued with a subscription whatever may be its fate.4 I am glad the case about which I have been teased not a little is at last arrived but no fault lay with me, it was regularly ship'd & a bill of lading sent to Mr. Vaughan.5
The articles mentioned below are put into a box, directed books, a present for Dr. Priestley & enclosed in a trunk to Mr. Dobson.6 Perhaps the liberality of the custom house officers may suffer them to pass without duty tho' I have no great expectation of liberality from such a quarter, however I shall tell Mr. D. their value that he may be prepared to pay it without trouble. The Life of Mad. Guyon printed at Bristol is very scarce.7 The last Vol. of Hist of England now printed in two 8os. What does this mean? I send volumes of the Review not knowing whether you receive the monthly numbers or not.8 Since you left us we have scarcely any theological controversy & few publications that would interest you. Gibbon's Memoirs two large quartos will I suppose be reprinted in America, such parts as are interesting.9
I had paid Jones your bill before I received your letter, & have since received the amount from Mr. Vaughan as well as your dft for the balance of your account. You have not noticed what I mentioned to you about the Charts, should they not now be continued?10
Baron Meseres lately pubd a Hist of Logarithms 2 Vols 40 & sent presents of them abroad.11 He has now pub'd a third Vol. & talks of sending some for you to give away, but upon reflection I believe you had better be pg 27without them unless he gives me at the same time money to pay expences of freight &c.
Your friends here are in general well, Mr. Lindsey has been a considerable time out of town, he laments the complaints you make of not hearing from London & that his letters must have miscarried - he enjoys a wonderful portion of health & spirits.
I rejoice that we are relieved from the apprehension of a war with America, now the principal source of our trade.12 We have no authority for believing that any probable steps are taking on either side for peace in Europe, except among the petty states who have accepted the conditions imposed by the french, who are every where successful, on the Rhine, in Italy, in short wherever they appear it is only to conquer. God grant that they may make a liberal use of their successes.
The people here are as quiet as lambs, hardly any grumbling, no seditions meetings or pamphlets, the minister does what he pleases, but the [friends] fall.13
Be so good as to make my respects to Mrs. P. & your sons. I could not hear of your loss without much concern for Harry was my favorite.14
I am &c.
Your son Joseph has sent me three letters introducing Mr. Forster who has not called a 2nd time, he has said nothing about my continuing some periodical works.
- enclosed in box:
- Newton's Optics. K of Prussia's Works 13v., Mo. Mag V.1, Phil. Tran. [. . .]
- Rys. gr. An. Rev. V.22.23.
- Dickson's Nomenclr. Hutton's Dicty pt. 415
Text: JJLB 13v–r, 14v–r. Unpublished.pg 28