463 | From the Rev. Dr. Shute Barrington

    Ch. Ch. April 9th. 1766.

    Dear Sir

    Your son has probably e’er this notified to you his unwillingness to enter into a profession for which he apprehends neither his talents nor inclination qualify him.1 His reasons for not acquiescing in your proposal I conclude he has explained at large: had he been disposed as you wished I should have gladly made the application you desired. Of what nature the hints are which you have received I Know not; but think myself bound in justice to your son to assure you that nothing essentially wrong in his conduct has come to my Knowledge. I need not inform you that he is not destitute of parts, tho’ it is no easy task to give them their right direction; & he has an uncommon frankness in confessing his errors: but he is unsteady, not diligent to any valuable purpose, & very visionary in certain dreams of life, of which he does not entertain clear ideas himself, & consequently cannot explain to others. I am persuaded that there is one; but how to refine it so as to make it useful to it’s possessor is beyond my skill; I wish it may not be beyond yours. I flatter myself that I need no apology for writing so freely on this subject, since I can be actuated by no motive but that of good will towards you & your son. Lady Di joins with me2 in comps. To yourself & Mrs Bernard, & I am, Dear Sir,

    Your most sincere & faithful servant

    S. Barrington.

    ALS, RC      BP, 11: 9-12.