The Red Book of Grandtully, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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Page 426 - South, and at the time we wanted so much necessaries from abroad for the maintaining ourselves here, the delay of them and the vast inequality twixt us and the enemies made our retreat from Peirth unavoidable, as all men must see who know our circumstances, and that to have stood it then would have only served to sacrifice you all without any possibility of success. But however necessarie that retreat was, it puts our affairs here in a most desperate condition ; by abandoning all the South we shall...
Page 427 - ... at last without doing any good to mee or yourselves ; and whereas I considered that there were no hopes att present of retriving our affairs the whole business was to securing your lives in such a manner as to be yet again in condition in appearing in a more favourable occasion.
Page 427 - Marr to accompany me in this occasion, but tho' his desires to remain and share with you in all your misfortunes were most vehement and worthy of that character he has deservedly got among you, yet I could not harken to his repeated instances, his probity and experience making his presence absolutly necessarie to me!'10 Mar's correspondence in February, March, and April, 1716, shows how actively he sought to overcome the bad impression he had made. To Colonel Hay he expressed...
Page 428 - ... lasts. I shall ever pursue with the outmost vigor my just designs, and to the last moment of it retain that sense of gratitude, affection, and fatherly tenderness towards you which you so justly deserve from me, for I can say with great truth that your misfortunes weigh more havie upon me than my own, and that I desire happines only to make you sharers of it with me.
Page 427 - I am that you would never abandon me, and that therefor my stay could only serve to involve you in greater difficulties, I took the partie to repass the seas, that by that I might leave such as cannot make their escape (towards which nothing on my side have been neglected) in full libertie to take the properest measures for avoiding at least utter ruine, for which end I have given...
Page 454 - As I told you in my last the affair of Maddin (treaty) with Frankling (the Regent) and Haly (King George) is like to work good with Hammer (? the King of Spain) and all pains is taken to improve that with him. Should Hammer be brought to join in trade with the three I speak of above they would make a...
Page 427 - ... things to contribute as much as in him lyes to your common safety. It was nothing less than possitive command could prevail on the Duke of Marr to accompany mee on this occasion but though his desires to remain and share...
Page 454 - Nealan's, would it not be worth his while to send Duddel to meet with that friend of Hanlon's who is there and is to be for some time ? I have no doubt of its turning to account and that it would succeed better than any other way Buckly can try. " I have no doubt of Mr. Duddel's doing all that's in his power for Mr. Brown's advantage, which I think far from being inconsistent with what he owes to Mr. Buckly, and I can assure him from Mr. Brown of all the grateful returns his heart can wish. There...
Page 230 - Edinburgh, March the 7, 1676. SIR, I think no wonder that a poor lad lyk yow should prig thus for five pound with your good friend, who will may be never have the occasion to ask another favour of yow. Send but your horse here, and if he be wholl and sound, it shall not be so litell a business shall keep us from a bargon.
Page 350 - I shall not trouble you with them, and should, I believe, have a difficulty to recollect them. I am, with great esteem, Sir, your most obedient, and most humble servant, (Signed) DAVID HUME.

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