To Lady Olivia Sparrow, 27 March [1817]

And now let me thank you for my book as Patty desires to do for hers. Chalmers has indeed numberless passages of great splendor, and and a general richness of language which one does not often meet with.* As to /the/ Jesuit Book,* I would that every Member of both Houses of Parliament were compelled to peruse it before they ventured to give a vote on the tremendous question which I suppose will soon be brought forward, and which, in my humble opinion, if carried as I fear it will be carried, threatens more evil to this country than all the s and s and Cockraines in it.* The single Chapter which relates to Lancashire makes me tremble.*