[from Memoirs of Bishop Hildesley]
From the Rev. PHILIP MOORE.
My Lord, Douglas, March 12, 1768.
I would. tell you, if I could, how very much I am obliged to your lordship for your more than fraternal kindness to me, at all times ; but more especially for that which you have so amply shewn upon the late melancholy occasion.
Your goodness quite confounds me, so that I want words to express my gratitude. I could not speak to your lordship and Mrs. Hildesley, when I came away. My heart was too full ; nor had I rest, till I gave it vent upon the road : after which I was something more composed, and pursued my journey, musing on many things *, and ruminating on past times and events, as well as extending my views towards and upon things to come. I got home very well, a little after two; and though every body was glad enough to see me, yet, - I was far from glad myself. The dismal blank, the vacuum I find here, strikes a damp on the spirits, that is very depressing ! But, come ; I shall endeavour to avail myseif of those consolations which I still enjoy, through the divine beneficence, and your lordships friendship.
Let me conclude, with my most grateful thanks for such unexampled kindness to your most obedient, most obliged humble servant,
* See, read, and weigh, equally with its sublimity, importance and pathos, that very animated passage of the apocryphal Book of Wisdom, chap. ix. The above quotation is from the 15th verse ; most suitably applicable to Mr Moore, the judicious mourner .