ID: 1080 [see the .xml file]
Identifier: NLW 5500C, no. 71
Editors: Transcribed by Ffion Mair Jones; edited by Ffion Mair Jones; encoded by Vivien Williams. (2019)
Cite: 'Thomas Pennant to Richard Bull 23 August 1788' transcribed by Ffion Mair Jones; edited by Ffion Mair Jones; encoded by Vivien Williams. (2019) in Curious Travellers Digital Editions []

Dear Sir

Yesterday Mrs P. & I returned frm a jaunt to Leverpool. myself with the influenza came back not the better. but by dint of spirits I clambered over the slave ships; & can say no more to that terrible business, than that ‘We have a wolf by the ears.’1 I am so unwell at present that I shall refer you to my M. S. Africa for my thoughts: they are strangely divided.

my Son tells me there are not to be had any heads of the eminent spaniards: Because they never had any till a Palomino appeared in the beginning of this Century. nor had they [...] was there any others till the time of Charles III. the present chief secretary of state is employing persons to copy the pictures of illustrious men in order to engrave them. But He shall search at Paris, where he may find yr desiderata by other engravers.

By some accident I have mislayed yr Letter. If I find it, & find anything material to answer, I shall write again.

I beg my best complimts to miss Bulls2 & request you not to forget Mr Clarke of Newport: whose civilities I cannot easy forget.

I am
Dear Sir
most faithfully Yrs

Tho. Pennant

Downing Aug. 23d. - 883

Please to give me notice of the time you make yr short visit to London for I must trouble you with a commission.

Editorial notes

1. Liverpool merchants were heavily involved in the slave trade in the second half of the eighteenth century, to the great material advantage of their town and its inhabitants.
2. Elizabeth and Catherine Bull.
3. The year was possibly added by a different and later hand.

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