Selections from the [Mure] family papers preserved at Caldwell [ed. by W. Mure]. 2 pt. [in 3].

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Page 103 - How is the balance kept in the provinces of every kingdom among themselves, but by the force of this principle, which makes it impossible for money to lose its level, and either to rise or sink beyond the proportion of the labour and commodities which are in each province...
Page 178 - Willie, I have long expected the pleasure of a letter to inform me how you and all friends were, for I don't think I have had one letter from you or any of your friends these nine months. I however trouble you with a few lines, to let you know that I am in the land of the living, and that I am beginning to turn my face home-wards, though not perhaps in a very greate hurry.
Page 91 - Hamilton is the abstract of Scotch pride ; he and the Duchess at their own house walk in to dinner before their company, sit together at the upper end of their own table, eat off the same plate, and drink to nobody beneath the rank of Earl — would not one wonder how they could get anybody either above or below that rank to dine with them at all ! I don't know whether you will not think all these very trifling histories ; but for myself, I love anything that marks a character strongly.
Page 65 - Leechman, who, tis said, agreed that I was a very unfit person for such an office. This appears to me absolutely incredible, especially with regard to the latter gentleman. For as to Mr. Hutcheson, all my friends think, that he has been rendering me bad offices to the utmost of his power.
Page 114 - ... some fools here, (men of very good sense, but fools in that particular,) that they assail'd both him and me with the utmost violence, and engag'd us to change our intention. I wrote to Millar to suppress that Dedication: two posts after, I retracted that order. Can...
Page 201 - That an humble address be presented to His Majesty, to return His Majesty the thanks of this House for his most gracious message to this House, signified by His Grace the Lord-lieutenant.
Page 195 - Thursday. 1 am much obliged to you, my dear friend, for your kind letter, and that you approve of the mark of kindness and friendship shewn me. I have really had occasion to ask nothing, since I have been in this world of 1763. politicks : more than I could wish has poured upon me. You know the offer I had, and my reasons for refusing it. What is substituted in its place cannot but be acceptable to me, as it brings permanency with it, if it ever comes at all. I am glad Milton1 takes it like a man...
Page 30 - O ! thou instrument of dulness,' says I, ' doest thou desert me in my greatest necessity ? and, being thyself so false a friend, hast thou a secret repugnance at expressing my friendship to the faithful Mure, who knows thee too well ever to trust to thy caprices, and who never takes thee in his hand without reluctance. While I, miserable wretch that I am, have put my chief confidence in thee ; and, relinquishing the sword, the gown, the cassock, and the toilette, have trusted to thee alone for my...
Page 242 - Few are the reall friends that fifty years of life has made ; for within a twelvemonth I have seen so much, that I blush at my former credulity, and now know that the school of politicks and the possession of power is neither the school of friendship nor the earnest of affection. Attachment, gratitude, love, and reall respect, are too tender plants for Ministerial gardens.

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