328 Thomas Hollis to Benjamin Colman

    London Sept. 1, 1725

    Reverend Sir

    I have written unto you of 3 dates I think by Capt. Holmans, which I hope will come safe to hand. My Cousin Neale dined with me last week. I shewd him your letters and Mr. Belchars, intreating that your Governor might return, and told him what hard words L[ord] B[arringt]on had used of you and some others. The same evening he fell into my Lords company and talkt over the same stories. 30 August I dined with Mr. Neale at Clapham, and he sayes my Lord desired him to acquaint Mr. Hollis, that he Repents, he is sorry, for his hard Speches and Surmizes of you and Mr. Belchar, and prayes me to forgive and forget them as if they had not been said, and that he would write himself to you and Mr. Belchar, and to encourage his Brothers return to Boston. I thought this a peice of news to inform you of, both in freindship and justice to him and you, because I had mentioned in one of my letters, how much he was disgusted with Mr. Colmans writing to Mr. Bradbury to take care of your charter, Bradbury who takes pleasure in criminating my Lord and every one related to him.

    Your Brother Colman continues in London. All his freinds consider why he staies so long. He dines with your Governor at the Sun Tavern 27 August. Perhaps he may stay till the Spring, hoping to beare Colonel Shute company, but I know not. I see him seldom of late, perhaps because I prophesy no good succes on his Dutch adventure.

    My love unto you and all freinds

    Your Loving Freind

    Thomas Hollis

    [Addressed:] For the Reverend Mr. Benjamin Colman, Minister in Boston by Capt. Foresight.

    [Endorsed:] No. 44.

    Hollis Letters and Papers, p. 66.