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to Edmund) two thousand guineas, and he did them a damned deal of mischief. What they may give to me, if they give me any thing, I am utterly unable to conjecture; 'but suppose they give me 10001.- In that case I think it eütremely probable that I shall settle in America---Matty and Mary and I have had many serious conversations on the subject, and they are more sanguine in the project than I am. If I stay here, the money will dwindle away, and when it is out I shall be just where I”.
The above letter is not finished. The last leaf of the paper is torn off; but it is in the same hand writing with the following note, which is signed T. W. Tone.
“This was the first pamphlet on the present question, I suppose not less than 20,000 have been sold in various shapes. The last edition was published, with my 'name, by order of the General Committee at one penny, for the purpose of general distribution-There were 10,000 sold.''
“ T. W. TONE." “ February 1793."
The foregoing note is written in the blank page of a pamphlet, entitled “ An Argument in Favour of “ the Catholics, published at Belfust," and which was sent out to Matthew along with the above letter.";
.« DEAR MATT ::“ THE* has told you all the news in the world and left me no one rational subject for A letter, so you miust take A light with all its imperfections on its head the only serious thing I have to tell you is
this the Catholicks are going to give The A sum: of money with which he has A great inclination to: settle in America this plan as far as I can judg striks me as A most excellent one our most sanguine expectations are but 2 thousand pounds and if he gets but one we are contented indeed we shall be very well of when you considder our present situation which is entirely depending on chance and certainly the most comfortless one in the world now with such A sun as I have mentioned what can be be done, the interest will not support us and if we break in on the principal it will not last us 2 years for you know how dexterous we are at discusing A large sum I think A dwindle would be the inevitable consequence at the end of which we might all turn out beg for unless A miracle was wrought in our favours nothing could save us
now I think when you considder what I have writtén on the subject you will think America the best possible speculation for us, at first it struck me as A. melancholy thing that A young man of The's enterprising genious should busy him self in A coun-' try the inhabitants of which I conceive not very culpable of understanding such abilities as his * but it was partly my vanity and parily my ambition that suggested the regret, and when I come to examine things more nearly I was decidedly for our goingI think with our exertions we should be enabled to live very happy if not very splendidly as for myselfand I can also answer for Matty we are quite tired of living in this uncertainty and both of us long very much to know what we have to depend on
* This poor 'woman was quite mistaken; for if The had been twice as great a rebel as he was, (if that were possible) he would have found people in America fully “capable of under" standing such abilities."
there is another thing of no smal importance to tell you of, Matty is going shortly to make you an uncle or an aunt and if we do not go in the course of 2 months she will be unable to undertake the voyage till July next and even then with great expense and trouble as she should bring out A nurse and you know what A bone that would be, so do you send you, intelligence as fast as you can that in case we get the money there may be no delay this letter will tak you an hour or two to decipher but as an appology I wrote the latter part in the dark and have hardly time to subscribe myself yours.
M TONE instead of July Matty woud not be able to go till september so be speedy in your answers”
Thus, the reader will see, that this villain worked for gain; for gain he became an author, a rebel, a traitor.-His design, if he got the money was to leave Ireland to its fate.--He got the money in 1794 (1,500l.) but it was given only in condition of his going as envoy of the UNION to solicit aid from France.--All the history of the miscreant's intrigues is exposed in Mr. Duigenan's most excellent work.
The following letter was taken from a Leeds paper, where it was published first,
“ Northumberland, (Pennsylvania) Oct. 4, 1796.
“MY DEAR SIR, “Every account I have from England makes me think myself happy in this peaceful retirement, where I enjoy almost every thing I can wish in this life, and where I hope to close it, though I find it is reported, both here and in England, that I am about to return. The two heavy afflictions I have
met with here, in the death of a son, and of my wife, rather serve to attach me to the place. Though dead and buried, I would not willingly leave then, and hope to rest with them when the sovereign disposer of all things shall put a period to my present labours and pursuits.
" The advantages we enjoy in this country are indeed very great. Here we have no poor; we never see a beggar, nor is there a family in want, We have no church establishment, and hardly any taxes. This particular state pays all its officers from a treasure in the public funds. There are very few crimes committed, and we travel without the Jeast apprehension of danger. The press is perfectly free, and I hope we shall always keep out of war.
“I do not think there ever was any country in a state of such rapid improvement as this at present; but we have not the same advantages for literary and philosophical pursuits that you have in Europe, though even in this respect, we are every day getting better. Many books are now printing here, but what scholars chiefly want are old books, and these are not to be had.We hope, however, that the troubles of Europe will be the cause of sending us some libraries, and they say that it is an ill wind. that blows no profit.
6 I sincerely wish, however, that your troubles were at an end, and from our last accounts we think there must be a peace, at least from the ins possibility of carrying on the war.
* With every good wish to my country and to. yourself, I am, dear sir, 66 Your's sincerely,
"J. PRIESTLEY."* M.-, Birmingham.
* This letter the reader will find answered in the Rush-Light No. V. Vol. XI.
The following Spanish verses, with the liberal translation that follows them, were sent me on the marriage of YRUJO, the Spanish Minister, who was just then wedded to the eldest daughter of M‘KEAN, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, who, with his daughter and family were Presbyterians.
S O N E T O.
De tomar Dulcinea ? crees que tu mano
Mas que su Padre sea presbiteriano?
Castellana calcula siempre en vano
Hace burla de ti el Viejo insano.
Dispertaránse en ti, mas ten cuidado
Que encierros no hay a qui, sino desvelos.
Sev lastima que el Ciel haya formado
Un Pisaverde de un exen:plar Cartujo.
Si plata no te da, te proporciona
To marry Dulcinea ? dost thou believe that thy hand
Notwithstanding her father being a Presbyterian?
Calculates always in rain
* A Namesake.