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IV. Letter of Sir Patrick Hume to Lord Russell,
1675 - - - -240
APPENDIX, No. I.
ADVICE OF WILLIAM EARL OF BEDFORD TO HIS SONS.
[This paper was sent to me after the rest of the work was gone to the press. The title is in the hand-writing of John Duke of Bedford, who died in 1771, and the letter itself is in the hand-writing of his secretary, Mr. Beaumont. It is difficult, however, to reconcile the contents of the paper with the title. Mention is made of the mother of the persons to whom it is addressed, as one some time dead; but Anne, Countess of Bedford, the mother of Francis Lord Russell, and his brother William, did not die till 1684. Neither can I reconcile the details of the family given in this paper with an Earl of Bedford of any other period. The style seems to be that of the reign of Charles the First.]
Copy of a Letter wrote by William Earl of Bedford, to his Sons, Francis and William.
Dear Frank; J
Ignorance and vice are the usual effects of an unlearned and undisciplined education. Of my passionate desire to free you and your brother from both these, I suppose I have given you and the world sufficient testimony, sure I am, I have satisfied myself; you may guess how violent my longings are to advance your piety and understanding, that is, to render you perfect