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1858 Excerpt: ...faith. As soon as he knew Burke was in Dublin, he
wrote a letter inviting him to Ballitore, and also wishing to
arrange a meeting at their friend Dennis's, f But Richard had
become a little fretful with anxiety Letter, October 14, 1765. New
Monthly Magazine, vol. xiv.p. 185. t Works and Correspondence, vol.
i. p. 56. lest his friend, since he had become a great man, might
not think the pleasure of seeing him again a sufficient recompense
for the journey, and had therefore thought fit to mention that he
would have the opportunity of seeing some bishops and horse-races
in the neighbourhood. "As to bishops," Burke answers, "you know
they may be had for two a penny in a Parliament winter in Dublin.
Horse-races I neither understand nor like." He told Shackleton not
to be civil and peevish at once, but to attribute his contemplated
visit to the sincere affection which he entertained for all at
Ballitore. Mrs. Burke would wear a white cap in compliment to Mrs.
Shackleton, who would thus have the opportunity of indemnifying
herself for the plainness of her dress by criticizing that of
another lady. "So much for you, Mrs. Shackleton; I owe it to you,"
Burke playfully adds. The visit was soon paid, and with Burke's
cordial greeting all Shackleton's transient ill-humour vanished.
The first weeks in October were spent at Loughrea. During the
previous year Burke's only sister, Juliana, had married a Mr.
French of that place, and the match was considered at the time a
very advantageous one, though this gentleman afterwards met with
severe pecuniary losses. As Mrs. French was now expecting her
confinement, her mother had left Dublin for the occasion, and was
attending upon her at Loughrea. When Burke with his wife and
brother also arrived, th...
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