By John Trenchard, Thomas Gordon
TO JOHN MILNER, ESQ.; of serious RUSSEL-STREET BLOOMSBURY. (Gordon) Sir, As shy as i do know you to be of publick realize and eclat, permit me for as soon as draw, if now not you, your identify no less than, from that recess that you price in share to the degree of felicity that you simply derive from it, and in your contempt for the blaze and tumult of publick existence: A flavor to which i've got the excitement of discovering my very own so fullyyt conformable. Quiet passions and a straightforward brain represent happiness; which is rarely discovered the place those usually are not, and needs to stop to be, whilst those stop to aid it
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He was acceptable company to women. He treated them with great niceness and respect; he abounded in their own chit-chat, and said a world of pleasant things. He was a tender and obliging husband; and indeed had uncommon cause to be so, as he well knew, and has shewn by his will: But he had worthy and generous notions of the kind regard which men owe to women in general, especially to their wives; who, when they are bad, may often thank their husbands. This was a theme that he often enlarged upon with great wisdom.
You know that whatever he wrote was occasional, the effect of present thought, and for immediate use, and that he never laid up writings in store; an undertaking quite opposite to his turn; and all his acquaintance knew that he could never submit to such a task. I mention this last particular in justice to him, that he may not be answerable for any work in which he had no share. Because I have been told that some, who knew nothing, or very little of him, perhaps never saw him, have fathered upon him writings which he never wrote; from no kindness to him, but purely because they were not disposed to let me be the author of a work which found such favourable reception from the world, though it was written several years after that worthy man, my friend, was dead.
You, who are one of his executors, and saw all his papers, know, as the other executors perfectly do, that he left no writings at all behind him, but two or three loose papers, once intended for Cato’s Letters, and afterwards laid aside; which papers of his, with some of mine of the same sort, you have in your hands. As you have for many years seen whatever I in tended for the publick, you know by what intervals I translated Tacitus, and when it was that I wrote the discourses upon that author, since you perused both as I produced them, and the discourses prefixed to the first volume were not begun till three years after his death; nor those to the second till two years after the former.