293 Thomas Hollis to Benjamin Colman

    [London February 27 1723/24]

    Mr. Benj. Colman

    Deare Sir

    I have written to you largely in a box of Books directed to Mr. E. Hutchinson your Treasurer by Capt. Osborne, and again of the receipt of your Catalogues by Barlow, and the distribution of them in a letter put into the Chest of Samuel Solly who goes aprentice to your Neibour Caswall by Capt. Lethered, to both which I reffer you, hoping both said ships will arive safely at Boston. Mr. Neale sent me a parsel of letters for you &c. to put in my box but I had sent it away to be shipt in Osborn that morning, so I rapt them up in a packet directed to Mr. E. Hutchinson (as I think) and directed John Williams to deliver it with his own hand. I saw Mr. Bradbury79 on tuesday; he tells me he never saw your College address—nor dos he know of any new address from your Ministers to the King—of which you wrote to me; if it be directed to Mr. Dummer, he has not yet communicated it to him. I send one of your Catalogues to him and one to Mr. Bragge. I cant yet learne any thing material passes between your Governour and Mr. Cook.

    Looking over your Catalogue, I remark, a fault as I think, all books of One Author, of same size, should stand together, wheras Goodwin, Owen &c. have divers others intervening, which is not easy to observ in a cursory viewe, unles a man read over the whole letter.80

    My love to you all freinds

    Your Very Loving Freind

    Thomas Hollis

    [Endorsed:] No. 26.

    Hollis Letters and Papers, p. 47.