the former series of reports were sent you. I shall
be glad to hear that they have reached you in safety.
Soon after, I retired with my family for a couple of
months for the benefit of sea-bathing, several of them
having enjoyed bad health for a considerable length
of time, and 1 found a little relaxation necessary for
myself, in consequence of the fatigues of business.
I brought as usual with me, your letters, with many
others, which the pressure of public business in town
would not permit me to attend to; and these, with
my daily correspondents on official and other busi-
ness, joined to some important state papers, which
required to be drawn up by me with that degree of
attention which could be best done in solitude, has
kept me constantly employed. I am happy to say,
that my family are considerably improved in health,
and I feel myself better of the country air, necessary
at my time of life, being now in my sixty-fourth year,
and not enjoying very good health.
would do, and the truth is, that having received your
letter when at Brighton last year, and endorsing it
with other letters which did not require an immedi-
ate reply, and having a great deal of business on my
hands after my return home, I was prevented from
referring to it, and under the pressure of other affairs
it totally escaped me; but 1 have now taken down
the moment I return to town, and can find a vacant
hour (of which I have very few) 1 will make a point
of calling upon her, and shall rejoice to have it in my
power to render her any acceptable services, either
by my advice or otherwise.
On the subject of the Brantingham Tract, I have
addressed a separate letter to you and Mr. Johnson
jointly, to which 1 beg leave to refer yoti.
My dear sir, your very affectionate friend, P. COLQUHOUN