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Saturday morning.
I send by the same bearer a letter to Mr. Sharp to stop Lord Mac-
Leod's arraignment, according to the prayer of his petition. I am. Sir, your

most obedient humble servant,

(So sign'd) D. Ryder.

436, Mrs. Jean Murray, attendant on Isabella Countess of Cromartie,
to John Mackenzie of Meddat.

The Toure of London, Agust 30, 1746.
Der Sir, — My lady desyers me to writ you that both she and my lord
is very much surprised at your refusing to let Mr. Georgie go to Edinburgh
when Lord and Lady Arneston desyered it : for my lady sayes, altho she
did not writ about it, you might be sure she uad aprove of it. For altho
she thinks it uas right to let non of them go to Sutherland, yet her ladyship
thinks you might very uell kno she uad be fond to have any of them under
tke care of Lady Arneston. Therfor her ladiship desyers he may be sent
uith the first oportunity, ether by sea or land, as shall be judged most
proper. I understand from Edinburgh it lies given a good dell of ofence the
refusing to send him, and my lady sayes she is not at all surprised at it.
I sopose Lady Carolian is not gon yet, so that th[e]y may go together, and
youll see to get some carfuU body to tak care of them by the uay. My lord
and lady. Lord M'^Leod, and all the yong ladys is very uell. Please make



my compliments to ]\Irs. of Meddet, and all frinds, which is all from,

Der Sir,

Your asured frind and humble servent,

Jean Murray.

To Mr. John M'^Kenzie of IVIeddet, att Meddett.

437. John Mackenzie of Meddat to Mrs. Jean Murray, attendant on
Isabella Countess of Cromartie.

Meddatt, 20th November 1746.
Madam, — I recived your favours of the last October, wherin yow give
me the most agriable accounts of my lady, my lord, the young ladies and
my Lord Macleod, being all werie well, and together in on house in the Towr.
I pray God they may be soon at there own house well. Many diferent
accounts we have dayly hatched by malitious enemies. It was said last week
that my Lord MacLeod was to be sent to Jemeca to remain there dureing life,
and that the king had setled £200 sterling a year on him : many more
stories of this kind not worth mentionincr. The voung ladies at New Tarbat
are all well. Lady Jean was dull for some days after Mr. George went
south, but she was brought over here in the day time, and the berns deverted
her. Lady Amelia dos not walk her lone as yett. She's able enufe, if she
was not afraed of a fall. She cane walk by the wall out of the room till the
back door of the house, without any asistance ; and Lady Margrat goes
round the whole dining room by a haill. Ther's four ankers butter packed
redy to be sent by the first ship, and some honey ; and I writ every week to
Inverness to kno if there is any ship going for London. I hear Mr. Inglish'
ship will be the first. I wrot my lady some time ago about the Coyach
rents, and some other affairs, to which I wery much want her ladyship's


derections, as I ame stretined how to do in many respects. God knos the

situation I have been in since her ladyship went from here, haveing never

had the lest derection or advice from any how to do or behave. And as it

has pleased God that they are all together now, I expect they will give me

full orders and derections about there rents and labourings, &c. I hade a

horning execut against me some days ago, at Lord Sutherland's instance, for

the crown rent of the watter of Conin and barony of Strathpefer the years

1725 and 1726. I am told ther's a caption sent for. The sauchs in the

gardin of New Tarbat are mostly for cutting, and the gardiner wants to kno

if he shall cutt them and dispose of them, as they are steling severals of them

in the night time. I wish my lady a hapie hour, and I pray God we mey

have good accounts of all the noble familly. My wife and I give yow our

kind service ; and I am sincerly, Maddam,

Your most affectionate humble servant, ' •

. ■ - , ■ John Mackenzie.

I made your complements to Mr. Gorry and his wife, and Mrs. Murdow.
Miss Mertin and her brother sett of for London this day. Sandy Eraser is
maried to a wedow at Inverness, and our minister is maried to a daughter of
Major Lewes Grant's.

To Mrs. Jean Murray, attending the right honourable the Couutes of
Cromertie, London.

438. Mrs. Jean Murray to [John Mackenzie of Meddat].

. ' , ' ■ Toure of London, 10 January 1747.

Sir, — I recived yours, and uolld have urot you befor nou, but still uas
l)uting of till I sliould have the agriable neus to writ you of my ladys safe



deliverie : but as she is still on foot yet, I send you this to let you kno th[e]y
are all uell and in prity good sprites, and I hop th[e]y shall be hapie yet, in
spit of the united mealice of ther enmies. M'^Leod hes bine vesiting my lady
too or thrie times, but not till very letly. The last time he sau her, he told
her Mrs. AFLeod uas to wait on her ladyship very soon. My Lord Suther-
land hes seen my lady frequently, but Sefort hes not taken the truble to come
to the Toure yet. My lady uold be glad hou soon the buter and hony could
be sent up ; and I send inclosed the bill of Mr. Eide for the bundl uith
your plaid and Mis[s] Tailour's boocks uhich uas sent uith him : but I am
sorie to hear he is taken uith the French, altho I uad fain hop it is not
true. Pleas mak my compliments to Mrs. Meddet and all frinds, uishing
you all a hapie Neu Year. I am glad to hear the cheldrin are all uell, and
shall be glad still to have the same acounts. This is all from, Der Sir,
Your asured frind and humble serventt,

Jean Mukray.

Let me knou if you opened the bundels and hamper which cam uith
Mr. Inglish, and uhat blankets, beds, mattreses, and pilous ther is, so as I
may kno if th[e]y are all right.

■439. John Lord Macleod to [John Mackenzie of Meddat].

London, 19 March 1747/8.
Sir, — I received yours, and am glad to hear that the little ones at Tarbat
House are well. Mr. Gorry has a hanger of mine, which you'll please get,
and send up with the sword by the first opportunity. George Mackenzie left
an ivory german flute of mine at an inn kept by one Gordon, at Brichen,
about two years ago. As I have a particular value for it, I beg that you


wou'd be so good as to enquire for it; and if it can be got, send it up here.
I offer my compliments to Mrs. Mackenzie, and am, Sir,

Your most humble servant,


440. Ann Gordon, wife of Eobert Dundas, Lord President of the College of
Justice, to [her brother-in law, George third Earl of Cromartie],
with Postscript to Lord Macleod.

Arniston, Appril 18, 1748.
My dear Lord C. — I have seen a letter from Lord M. to my brother
John, acquainting him of his project to enter into the Prussian service, which
he seemes to hope his friends here, particolarly a near friend of mine, would
approve off. My friend, for many reasons, must be shy of writing, least he
hurt rather then do good, and for that reason [neither] you nor your family
have hitherto heard from him. I am not to enquire into his reasons. Even
half politicians Avill affect to be too wise for us women. But when the
project of entring to the Prussian serrvice was communicated to him, it
made him start as if he had been half mad. He immediatly exclaim'd —
What ! General Kieth, Lord George Murray ! fine education for a young
man that he hop'd was cur'd of foolish principles he was led into. Nixt,
as to the father, was he mad ? Did he forget the sentence he lay under, and
which was still in force ? although, under the mild government we live
under, he hoped there was no fear that it would be put in execution ; but
that, had the Pretender prevail'd, and he, as no doubt he would have been,
under the same unhappy circumstances that some now are, he would have
expected no better then his head to fly, had he had a son in the same cir-
cumstances makeing a proposition to allow of this serving under such educa-


tion. He added, and, I must own, with a good deal of heat, that he hop'd, and
would for your credit believe, that after the repeated declarations, both publick
and private, which you have made, that your sentiments were realy chang'd
as to that foolish farce of a Pretender ; but that such a proposition as this,
without express allowance and consent of his Majesty, might justly be con-
structed as a more express declaration of rooted Jacobitism then your takeinn-
arms. For, indeed, he said, he could not help believing that that unhappy
action proceeded not from principle, but imposition upon you, and because of
some indiscretion : but he would say nothing bad of the dead. That there-
fore, supose he could not find himself at liberty, for reasons known to him-
self, to give you any advice, he hop'd some good friend might. I took the
hint, and, without asking questions, have, as near as I could, transcrib'd his
sentiments. He added further, that this project without the King's express
allowance seem'd to be madness — the distraction of yourself and the unhappy
infants — since it must cut of all hopes of favour, and shut the mouth of
every friend. He said likewise, that he could never understand, nor had it
yet been explain'd to him, what objections there could be to the Dutch
serrvice, if it could have been procur'd, — that every friend meant it as the
easyest transition into the King's. And indeed his passion rose a good deal
on the thought that seem'd to strict him, that the objection at bottom was
grounded on rooted Jacobitism ; and I must believe, where that is the case,
his own principles are strong enough to drop even son or father. He told
my brother John some part of his mind, with leave to make use of his name.
He left us yesterday, and I dare say will write to you by this post : but for
fear something prevent hnn, I shall tell you my friends opinion, which is,
that in case the Prussian service should still be thought of, he thinks a very
decent, gratefull, humble memmorial ought to be given in to the Duke of
Newcastle, representing Lord M.'s unhappy sittuation, [and] his earnest desire


to show his sincere repentance for what had pass'd by having an opertunity
now to show his zeal for his Majesty's service. But that if his Majesty's
favour could not be so far extended, as he is destitute of bread, and brought
by his infant folly into a starving condition, he sees no other reliefe but to
endeavour to get into foreign serrvice. That he will enter into none without
his Majesty's express consent, if he will be so gracious as to take nottice of
such a triffle : As what seemed presently to offer was the Prussian service, but
that without the allowance of his Majesty or his servants under him, he
would enter into no service that might seem improper, aff'ter the mercy he
had receiv'd from his Majesty, or any way inconsistent with the zeal and
attachment he was determined to show for the interest and service of his
Majesty : That, upon such a representation, could Lord M. obtain the appro-
bation of the King or his ministers, he would not object to the Prussian
service, but that still (rooted Jacobitism apart) he could not see why the
Prussian rather then the Dutch ; more especially if there was, as there might
be, hopes of some countenance from the Duke of Cumberland.

Thus far I have endeavour'd to collect my friend's sentiments from what
he said. I do believe his affection for you put him in some passion when he
heard the proposal. I won't ask his forgivness for writing as I have done,
because I shall not tell him I have wrot ; but you may easyly believe I shall
be anxious to know both your resolutions and mottives. I do assure you my
last letter to you was not in consequence of anything I had heard, but from
the indefatigable zeal of a certain set. I was affraid of their machinations,
and even misrepresentations, which made me caution you to be upon your
guard. One friend of yours, of whoes prudence I have not the highest notion
(more then the ladies of his family with us), is now in this place, and he
was the person I chiefly had in view when I showd any apprehension of any
body's takeing it upon them to speak to you in a way not fitt for you to hear ;

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and lie I thought capable of heedlessness. I shall only add my best wishes,
and am,

Your most affectionate sister and very humble servant,

Ann Dundas.

F.a. — To Lord M. — Before you determine in an affair of so great conse-
quence, I beg you would consult with those wlioes friendship to you is sin-
cere, and whoes principles are good, and whoes understanding enables them
to give right counsel, such as you may with credit to yourself follow. I would
reccommend Doctor Chandler, who, I am told, is a worthy good man, and
one who has given substantial proofs of friendship to you all. More I could
say, but I hope 'tis needless.

441. J. Potter, for the Lords Justices, to George Mackenzie, late
Earl of Cromartie.

Whitehall, 14th July 1748.

Sir, — I laid before the Lords Justices your letter to me of this day's date,
acquainting me, for their excellencies' information, that, in consequence of
the leave their excellencies had given you, you had hired a house called
Layhill, belonging to one Mr, Travaillon, two miles south of Honiton, and
twelve of Exeter, to reside in, and that you should be ready to set out from
hence when their excellencies please.

I am directed by their excellencies to acquaint you, that they approve of
your residing at the house you mention, and their excellencies would have
you set out from hence as soon as conveniently you can.

I have signified their excellencies' pleasure to the lords commissioners
of his Majesty's treasury, for paying to you the sum of two hundred pounds,



when you shall be ready to set out for your said place of residence, in con-
sideration of the expence of your journey, and removal from hence. I am, Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant,

J. PoTTEi:.

George M^Kenzie, Esquire, late Earl of Cromartie.

442. The Same to The Same.

Whitehall, 21 July 1748.
Sir, — I am directed by the Lords Justices to acquaint you that their
excellencies have ordered a warrant to be prepared for their signing at their
next meeting, on Thursday next, to approve of your residing at the house you
have hired called Layhill ; and when that warrant is signed, an order will
likewise be signed for your dischai'ge from the custody of the messenger.

The two hundred pounds ordered by their excellencies to be paid you
may be received, clear of all deductions, from the person at the treasury in
whose hands it is, on your signing the usual receipt for the same. I am, Sir,

Your most obedient humble servant,

J. Potter.

George M''Kenzie, Esquire, late Earl of Cromartie.

443. John Lord Macleod to his father, George third Earl of Cromartie.

Bridport, April 18th, [circa 1749].
My Lord, — You will perhaps be surprized to find by this letter that I
am set out for London without having acquainted you with any thing of my



design ; but when I have informed you of my motives for taking this step, I
flatter myself you will approve of the principles on which I act, and do justice
to the sincerity of my intentions. It cannot but be very dissagreeable to me
to find that there are some of my relations in Scotland who make it their
bussiness to carp at every thing I do ; and all this because I wou'd not follow
the scheme of life which they had laid down for me. They not only
dissaprove of every visit I make, but my going into any company, however
mix'd ; my being at the most publick places, however indifferently frequainted
by people of all parties ; and my very cloaths are offences of the highest
nature. As this fully convinces me that they are resolved to dissaprove of
every step I can take, I was affraid that if you was acquainted with my
design, they might attribute a part of this other imaginary offence to your
share : it is to prevent any bad consequences of this nature that has deter-
mined me to act as I have done, and I declare before God that the above
reason is my only inducement for so doing. As I have ever made my duty
to my parents the inviolable rule of my conduct, so I shall always continue
in the same sentiments, and shall with pleasure embrace every opportunity
by which I can show it.

As idleness is certainly very detrimental to every body, so it is likewise
very shameful for a young man — especialy for one in my situation — to loiter
away his time when he ought to be pushing his way throw the world. This
has determin'd me to offer my service to some of the northern powers, where
the approaching war offers a favourable opportunity to such as are deter-
min'd to make a figure in the world or fall in the attempt. I have as
much money as will carry me to town, and if I can get as much there as
will carry me over the watter, it will do very well. If not, I still think it
better even to beg my bread over, and afterwards to carry a musket, then
to continue any longer a burthen to you. I shall write again from London,


^vhere I propose to stay but a few days. I offer my most affectionate duty
to my mother, and my affectionate compliments to my sisters. I am, my

Your most affectionate and dutiful son,


To the rin-ht honourable the Earl of Cromertie.

444. John Lokd Macleod, to his Father, George third Earl of Cromartie.

London, 22d April 1749.
My Lord, — I hope you are satisfied with the reasons I writ from Bridport
with reguard to my scheme, and the manner of my leaving Devonshire. I
am very sensible how much it is the duty of a son to ask the advice of his
father, and shall always be glad of having yours, when it can be given with-
out prejudise to yourself. But till then, I wou'd rather ly under the mis-
fortune of wanting so great a happiness, and shall suffer any disgrace rather
than involve you in any difficnliy on my account. I find Sir John Gordon
has been in town a month. He disaproves of my scheme for the same
reasons as last year. Lord Elil)ank and Mr. Murray advise me to present
a memorial to the Prince of Wales, asking his consent to my going into
foreign service, and giving those assurances of atatchment to his royal
liighness's service which are certainly due to his so great goodness. Sir
John does not think this so proper ; but they all three say that I shou'd wait
on Mr. Pelham, which I propose doing the begining of the week. I shall
regulate my conduct, not only here, but when I go abroad, in such a manner
as to leave no room for complaints of any sort that can have the least


shadow or fundation of truth. I offer my most sincere duty to my mother
and you, and my affectionate compliments to my sisters. I am, my lord,
Your most affectionate and dutiful son,


To the right honourable the Earl of Cromertie.

445. The Same to [The Same].

London, May 6th, 1749.

My Lord, — I received your letter a few days ago, and am very sorry to
find by it that you and my mother have any pain on my account. It was
to prevent any thing of this nature that determin'd me to leave Devonshire
in the way I did ; and I pray God that you and my sisters may soon enjoy
that happiness to which we have all for some time been strangers. When-
ever I am so happy as to hear of any cliange of this sort, I shall no longer
think myself unfortunate, but that any hardships to wliich my wandering
throw the world may expose me are then fully compensated.

I am now at Mrs. Freeland's (who offers her kindest service to all with
you), having taken my leave of all my freinds at the other end of the tow^n.
To-morrow morning I sail for Hamburg, from which place I have a jurney of
two days to Berlin. I shall write from that place, and hope to have the
pleasure of hearing then from you. I offer my most affectionate duty to my
mother, and compliments to my sisters. I am, my lord,

Your most affectionate and dutiful son,



446. Alexandek Mackenzie of Gerlocli to John Mackenzie

of Meddat.

Gerloch, 17th May 1749.
SiK, — I am favour'd with yours, and am extreamly sory Lord Cromartie's
circumstances shoud obliege him to sollicite the aide of small gentlemen. I
much raither he hade dyed sword in hand even, where he was last ingag'd,
then be necessitate to act such a pairt. I have the honour to be nearly
related to him, and to have been his companion, but will not supply him at
this time, for which I beleive I can give you the best reason in the world,
and the only one possible for me to give, and that is, that I cannot. Pray
make my salutes to your lady, and believe me, with reguard. Sir,

Your most humble servant,

Alex''. Mackenzie.
To Mr. Mackenzie off Meddate, Esquire, by Newtarbet.

447. John Lord Macleod to his Father, George third Earl of Cromartie.

Hamburg, June 13th, 1749, N.S.
My Lord,- — Last Monday I arriv'd here, after a tedious passage of 14
days from London, on board of a Dutch ship. I was very sick all the time I
was at sea, but am now (thank God) in very good health. The day after my
arrival I call'd for Mr. Cope (Sir John's son), the English resident. He was not
at home, but in the evening he sent his secretary to me with his compliments,
to tell me that he was sorry he had miss'd me ; that he was then going out
of town, but was to return this morning, and wou'd then be glad to see me.
I accordingly waited on him to-day. He receiv'd me in a very civil manner,



aud kept me to dinner. I am to dine with him again on Sunday, at his

country house, by invitation. There are a great many English gentlemen

here, from whom I meet w^ith the greatest civilities. Next Monday morning

I set out for Berlin. Whenever I get there, I shall write again and inform

you how to direct to me, and shall then hope to have the pleasure of hearing

from you, which I shall always look on as the greatest happiness. I offer my

most affectionate duty to my mother, and my kindest compliments to my

sisters. I am, my lord,

Your most affectionate and dutiful son,


To the right honourable the Earl of Cromertie, at Xorthcote, near Honiton,

Devonshire, Ensjland.

448. Geokge third Earl of Cromartie to [John Mackenzie of Meddat].

Xorthcote, September 9th, 1749.
Sir, — Since I wrote to you last, I have receivd two letters from you, — one
of the 30th June, with an account of the money which you receiv'd from the
gentlemen to whom my letter of the 15th March was address'd, by whicli
account I see there is a ballance in your hands of £25, 17, : and you say
that, the begining of the month, you sent ]\Ir. Urquhart £20, of which I
have heard nothing since. Your other letter of the 28th July relates to what
I can give you no answer to at present, but most referr you to be directed by
your own prudence. What money I receiv'd is far short of what I expected :
if any cou'd be now remitted to my wife, who is at London, it wou'd be of
great service ; for besides the expences of her living there, and of a family
here, which at the same time is necessary and unavoidable, she will have
about £100 to pay for the fees of the pardon which his Majesty has been


most graciously pleased to grant to me, and which is now passing the sealls.
Direct no more letters to this place, but any that you write send under cover
to Mr. John Garden, at the Earl of Bath's house in Piccadilly, London ; but
be sure to get franks for letters so sent, and continue to send them so till I
direct you otherwise. My service to the Mrs. of Meddat and all friends that
remember me ; and I am, very sincerly, your reall friend and servant,


P.S. — I have nothing further to add to this but to desire that you will
make my most hearty compliments of thanks to those gentlemen who have
been so friendly and kind as to assist me at this time, and to assure 'em of
my unalterable friendship and regard for them ; and I hope to live to be able
to repay them. And for those who have refused me their aid, perhaps they
may yet stand in need of mine.

4-19. Copy of two Letters from John Lord Macleod to [his Father, George
THIRD Earl of Cromartie].

Dantzick, December 6th, 1749, N.S.

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