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MacPherson, Christopher: Petition, Richmond City

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I shall not be disappointed, that you will, in the most decent affectionate and respectful Manner, make a tender of your Services to Mr. Ross, to whom you can be of more Use than any person I know, while he lives, and after his Death, should you survive him, your Information to his Friends who may be kind enough to act as his Executors; will be especially necessary. You will observe by the Tenor of what I have said, that I have avoided any particular Detail of Your Qualifications or Services, being more sollicitous for your Restoration in the good Opinion of Mr. Ross than to give you a Recommendation to enter into the Employment of any other Man. Beware of listening to the advice of pretended Friends, in differences like the one under which you labour at present, the world is more disposed to widen than heal the Breach, and Men who conceive they have been injured, are more ready to listen to what would apparently gratify Revenge: than to the calm Dictates of disinterested Friendship. Both your Interest & Welfare as well as Mr. Ross's would, in my Opinion be best consulted by a sincere Reconciliation. I hope it will speedily take place, & my Aid if required by either, will not be wanting to assist in accomplishing it. I am Your sincere Friend Wm Hay