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that I arrived here in , will plead in his favour to all the good and worthy ; but did they know his general character they would not want my feeble testimony to his worth . His loss will
be felt far aud wide , but by none more than myself , to whom it was his constant study to render every service . Though planted in the land of lawless power and rigorous discipline , he has sentiments of liberty not uncongenial with your own .
I am , dear Sir , your most obedient and affectionate servant , THOMAS r YSHE PALMER . , Esq .
Letter IV . Sydney * \ 3 th Dec .
1704-_ 0 f # / My Dearest Friend , For by that name 1 shall always address you , I am perfectly well : I am pleased with my situation , as much as a person can be who is for ever separated from all thev loved , and from all
they respected . But I feel no regret , for in"the cause of the people I consider my life and my happiness as things of no value . 1 can only write you a few lines ; I have been constantly occupied in preparing the evidence in exculpation , and the defence of Messrs . Palmer and Skirving . That affair will make a noise-in Europe .
Skirving , Palmer and myself , now live in the utmost harmony . From our society Margarott is expelled . Would you believe it ? We have been employed in celebrating the
anniversary of the first convention , which met upon the 11 th December , 1792 . Last night we all supped in the Secretary ' s house [ Skirving ' s ] , this night in Palmer ' s , and to-morrow in mine ,
over the water , in a small farm l purchased for £ 30 sterling . You see we still have some little enjoyments . Of our treatment here I cannot speak too highly . Gratitude will for ever bind me to the officers , civil and military .
1 shudder to ask the vain question , What news ? I avert my eyes from Hiy friends . Their remembrance is the only idea which disturbs the repose of my tomb ; for so I must onII this situation of privation from all that was dear to me . Remember me
earnestly and affectionately to them all , to Lindsay , Shields , t ) r . Hamilton , Bell , Higginson , Maxwell , D > er , Brand Hollis , Joyce , Dr . Disney ,
Tell Dr . Disney I gave away his Works at Rio Janeiro to an excellent man , whom I am proud to call my friend , my affectionate friend , the Abbot of St . Antonio . In the magnificent library of that monastery , the picture of Dr . Price , given me by
, is suspended . To that library I likewise presented the Memoirs of Mr . Flollis , the gift of that excellent man Mr . B . HolJis . As a small matter of curiosity , 1 send you some Latin addresses I received from
the good fathers . They may gratify rny friends ; they may convince them that liberality of sentiment is confined to no soil aud to no climafe . f . shall always with tender respect think upon Rai / mont Hinnafort : the happiest , the most peaceful evenings of my life were
spent in his apartments . You must send him copies of my trial , of my engraved picture , and of every thing relating * to me . This from \ ou he requests . The address is easy ; to him at the Monastery of St . Antonio , at Rio Janeiro . 1 have a neat little house
here . 1 have another two miles distant at the farm across the water . A servant of a friend , who has a taste for drawing , has sketched the landscape ; I have sent it to my mother - you may see it .
1 pray to Almighty God that all has succeeded with you , that you are firmly settled : but , indeed ., my dear Moflfatt , even in writing : to vou I feel paiu , for I dread , but cannot know the storms which at this moment may be blasting individuals and desolatingour country . 1 have not a moment ' s
time to write . Tell all rny friends I have been entirely occupied in drawing the papers in Palmer ' s and in Skirving ' s case . This must be my apology . The sinrercst wishes of my heart attend Mrs . Mofifatt . Do vou
remember Mrs . l hornson ? She has acted to me in every respect during the voyage , as a sifter ; she begs leave to testify to Mrs . M . her esteem . Remember me to Lord Lauderdale , Messrs . Maitland , Grev , Sheridan ,
r \ homson . I fondly trust that they enjoy the confidence of the people , and no longer vote in the minority . Write me long and fully ; send me the newspapers , pamphlets , &e . Sec . Annexed 1 o this letter 1 will send you a list of the articles 1 may want . \ Vhen
Letters from Mesws . Palmer and Muir . 577
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 577, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/5/