295 Thomas Hollis to Benjamin Colman

    London March 28, 1724

    Deare Sir

    I have already writt unto you by Mr. Pemberton who sailes in this Ship, Q D C. Your Brother was with me this day, being under a disapointment for money to go on with his still house, and I have in answer to your request lent him £100 Star, for 6 Months. I wish he may find success, all his freinds here discourage him, he goes on with Courage, but not a little greived, his old freinds treat him so coldly now, when he wants their helpe. According to the old dogrel; when you have money anon Sir when you have none begon Sir.

    Your Governour Shute has chagrined your Agent Cook with a Second memorial, and talks of a Third. I feare between them, they will blowe the Coles to that degree, that if it shall come before our House of Commons next Winter, it will run through them like wild fire, to the great charges of the Honest poor people of your Province. Mr. Dummer was to see me some days since, I suppose he writes his Brother82 by this Ship what both sides say.

    He tells me your College Catalogue of your library came very oportunely. There is one gives £60 star., which he will lay out in valluable books. He had begun to draw out the books by his head, but not examined the Catalogue, because he had noted down some, which I told him you have alreddy, and it is to prevent duplicates. I prayed him to consult Mr. J. Hunt who has read it, and vallues a good publick Library. He said he would do so. I wish he dont forget it. I am told he has lately forwarded some valluable books to Yale College and seems to boast, that in a little time that nursery will exeed Cambridg. He has such a vollible tongue, which takes with some People. It is not fitt to disgust him, but rather to treat him civilly, because he may be of some use to you.

    My love to all freinds

    Your Loving Freind

    Thomas Hollis

    [Addressed:] For the Reverend Mr. B. Colman in Boston, by Capt. Barlow.

    [Endorsed:] No. 28.

    Hollis Letters and Papers, p. 49.