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Ch XII. 1816-1820
Samuel Parr to Sir Matthew Wood, 1 November 1816

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“Hatton, November 1, 1816.

“My Lord,—Suffer me to thank your Lordship for inviting me to your dinner on the 9th of this month; and to assure you that, with pleasure and with pride, I should obey your polite and friendly summons, if I were not detained in Warwickshire by numerous and important avocations. I have not been an inattentive observer of the events, which occurred during your mayoralty; and most heartily do I rejoice that your peculiar merit has procured for you peculiar honours among your fellow-citizens, and is not only applauded by your zealous supporters, but acknowledged by your most determined opponents. Amidst the general and well-deserved praise of the public, you, perhaps, will allow me, as a man of letters, as an Englishman, and as a teacher of Christianity, to bear my testimony to such firmness, mingled with moderation, as you have manifested in your political principles, to such activity guided by good sense, in your official measures, to indignation so just against the profligate and obdurate, and to compassion so unfeigned towards the desolate and oppressed.—To vigilance, integrity, and benevolence in all the arduous duties of your station, you add other ornamental and other useful qualities; such, I believe, as are not very often found collectively in the chief magistrate of our metropolis.
Yes, my Lord, in
Mr. Wood, I discern the generosity of a Barnard without his coarseness, the hospitality of a Beckford without his ostentation, the intrepidity of a Sawbridge without his turbulence, and the sagacity of a Townsend without his asperity.—I see that persons of the most exalted rank and the most unblemished characters attend your private parties; and, therefore, if the members of administration stand aloof from your public entertainments, you, my Lord, will smile at their illiberality; and every honourable man in the country will despise their perverseness and their rudeness. I trust, my Lord, your example will have its full influence upon the spirit and conduct of your successors; and I am sure that history will faithfully record the virtues, of which your contemporaries now experience the extensive and most beneficial effects. I shall not fail to drink a bumper to your health on the 9th of November; and I know that some of my enlightened neighbours are disposed to pay the same tribute of respect to your Lordship, as a wise magistrate and a steady patriot. When employed to christen a child of your worthy precursor, Mr. Combe, I once spent a very happy day with the late Mr. Fox at the Mansion-house; and in the expectation of equal happiness, I shall give you an opportunity of asking me to your table, if I visit the capital, in the course of the ensuing year. I beg of you to present my best compliments to the Lady Mayoress, and to Mr. and Miss P—; and glad shall I be, my Lord, to welcome you at my parsonage, whensoever you find your way into War-
wickshire. I have the honour to be, &c.—

S. Parr.”