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out as early as possible in the next winter. The ninth and eleventh Reports of the Select Committee, appointed to take into consideration certain affairs of the East-India Company in the year 1783, were written by Mr. Burke, and will be given in that volume. They contain a full and comprehensive view of the commerce, revenues, civil establishment, and general policy of the Company; and will, therefore, be peculiarly interesting at this time to the Publick.
The Eighth and last Volume will contain a narrative of the life of Mr. Burke, which will be accompanied with such parts of his familiar correspondence, and other occasional productions, as shall be thought fit for publication. The materials relating to the early years of his life, alluded to in the advertisement to the Fourth Volume, have been lately recovered ; and the communication of such as may still remain in the possession of any private individuals is again most earnestly requested.
Unequal as I feel myself to the task, I shall, my dear friend, lose no time, nor spare any pains, in discharging the arduous duty, that has devolved upon me. You know the peculiar difficulties I labour under from the failure of my eye-sight; and you may congratulate me upon the assistance, which I have now procured from my neighbour, the worthy Chaplain* of Bromley College, who to the useful qualification of a most patient amanuensis adds that of a good scholar and intelligent critick.
And now, adieu,
My dear friend,
and believe me ever affectionately Bromley-House,
Your's August 1, 1812.
* The Reverend J, J. Talmat
LETTER from the Right Honourable the Lord
My dear Lord, Mr. Burke's fourth Letter to Lord Fitzwilliam is personally interesting to me: I have perused it with a respectful attention.
When I communicated to Mr. Burke in 1795 the printed work, which he arraigns and discusses, I was aware that he would differ from me.
Some light is thrown on the transaction by my Hote, which gave rise to it, and by his answer, which exhibits the admirable powers of his great and good mind, deeply suffering at the time under a doméstic calatnity.
I have selected these two papers from my manu-
My dear Lord,
To the Rt. Rev.
The L BP of Rochester.
LETTER from Lord AUCKLAND to the Right
Honourable EDMUND BURKE.
Eden Farm, Kent, Oct. 28th, 1795. My dear Sir, Though in the stormy ocean of the last twentythree years we have seldom sailed on the same tack, there has been nothing hostile in our signals or maneuvres; and, on my part at least, there has been a cordial disposition towards friendly and respectful sentiments. Under that influence, I now send to you a small work, which exhibits my fair and full opinions on the arduous circumstances of the moment, “ as far as the cautions necessary is
to be observed will permit me to go beyond “ general ideas."
Three or four of those friends, with whom I am most connected in public and private life, are pleased to think, that the statement in question (which at first made part of a confidential paper) may do good: and accordingly a very large impression will be published to-day. I neither seek to avow the publication, nor do I wish to disavow it. I have no anxiety in that respect, but to contribute
my mite to do service, at a moment when service is much wanted.
I am, my dear Sir,
AUCKLAND. RHble Edmd Burke.
LETTER from the Right Honourable EDMUND
BURKE to Lord AUCKLAND.
My dear Lord, I AM perfectly sensible of the very flattering honour
have done me in turning any part of your attention towards a dejected old man, buried in the anticipated grave of a feeble old age, forgetting, and forgotten, in an obscure and melancholy retreat.
In this retreat, I have nothing relative to this world to do, but to study all the tranquillity, that in the state of my mind I am cạpable of. To that end I find it but too necessary to call to my aid an oblivion of most of the circumstances, pleasant and unpleasant, of my life; to think as little, and indeed to know as little, as I can, of every thing, that is doing about me; and above all, to divert
mind from all presagings and prognostications of what I must (if I let any speculations loose) consider as of absolute necessity to happen after my death, and possibly even before it. Your address to the Publick, which you have been so good as to send to me, obliges me to break in upon that plan, and to look a little on what is behind, and very much on what is before, me. It creates in my
mind a variety of thoughts, and all of them unpleasant. It is true, my Lord, what you say, that, through