10 March 1775720

    London 10th Mar. 1775

    Dear sir

    I hope the Three Packets under cover to Robert Ashington, north end of Deal, which I sent by the Post last night, he hath caused to be safely conveyed to you.

    I hinted to you my dear Sir, the Day I last had the pleasure of being in your company, that a friendly hint, or caution from you would be taken in good part by my Brother Edward who has got into such extravagant wild notions in Politics, and stigmatizes the characters of great men merely postulatory; that to a stranger, he must, and does appear in a disagreeable point of view. I do think a few lines of admonition respecting his unpleasing conduct and ridiculous self importance, written in the style of Friendship may have the desired effect. I should not have presumed to ask you to do this piece of kindness to him, if I had not heard you coincided with some other gentlemen that he had not yet learned to know himself.

    Though he may be inflexable in folly, yet I hope not so obdurate as to reject advice sincerely ment for his good. My Brother is really a good natured and well disposed man; but is dreadfully contaminated with false ideas in politics; and could he be diverted from the prattle of Government affairs, he would then return and be the useful man in business, as he has heretofore been. I must beg Sir, you do not take notice to Brother Edward what I have requested of you, because that would at once destroy what I wish to have produced—a reformation in him. Pray do not read or mention to a second person concerning my Brother, though I needed not to have cautioned you as your superior understanding will I know have no occasion for it. Mr. Bromfield’s Clerk has just now been to me and says he shall send you the Ledger of Yesterday and to Day. I hope after this is received the wind will alter in your favour and waft you to Salem with utmost expedition in safety and in perfect health.

    I remain Dear Sir,

    Your obliged friend and Humble Servant,

    Chas. Dilly