I wrote your Excellency a pretty long letter by Mr. Hooper & fear you may think an apology necessary for many things mentioned in it.
I am now indeed to trouble you again in behalf of Miss Jane Meares of New Hanover County. She is a near relation of Mr. Swann by her mother, but by her father her connexions are in Ireland. She has lately had letters from that Kingdom, by which she is informed that an uncle, lately dead, has left her a considerable legacy, but that reports have said that she was married & had removed to some other part of America. This intelligence has given her some uneasiness and she is apprehensive that her uncle’s executors may take occasion from the report of her marriage to
Since my letter by Mr. Hooper, I have seen one from Mr. London, wherein he mentions that he had heard lately from Mr. Burgwin, who intended to go, or was gone from Denmark to Ostend, from whence he was to come or write here about Mr. Burgwin’s affairs. I confess I feel no small degree of anxiety, not only as I have been under personal obligations to him, but as I feel for the infirmities of human nature. I am perfectly satisfied that he is not an enemy to the State from numberless circumstances, and his leaving it so early as the latter end of February, or beginning of March last year, convinces me that the fears arising from the consequences of a War was his only inducement to leave the country. He was so apprehensive of the depredations of Armies, and the violence of parties, that he was actually in treaty before the arrival of the British in this town for the sale of his property. All men are not endued with the same firmness of mind, and some allowances ought to be made for those weaknesses to which humanity is Subject.