Abergelli Aug. 22d 1793.
I am now at the Brighthelmstone of North wales,
a place rather inferior to that of Sussex: but the inconveniencies must be submitted to as
it does most amazingly confirm the health of our dear child. I trust that a fortnights more
penance will effect the end of our coming here & restore us all by our fire side at Downing.
some good rises out of every thing. you I know will rejoice to hear that I shall at abergelli
probably complete the tour of the isle of wight &
fill the blank I left from the borders of Sussex to Lymington.
I brought with me [...] my Journal, yr
materials Cambden, & worsely,
I find myself well inclined to work & hope to effect the business. If you have anything more say [sic] pray communicate.
still something may be added. one thing in particular let me request you to inform me, if Sir Rd Worsley
leaves his pictures &c &c at Appledorecombe in the order they were in the list
you favord me with.
I truely lament the necessity which miss Catherine has for a Bath journey: may she feel every good effect which you can wish. I feel for you. I credit you for Botany bay till we meet. In town. in my passage homewards in July I met with two of its inhabitants at the Br. Museum. They had the features of very ugly negroes but the hair neither woolly or frizzled; nor yet straight like the Indostans, rather waved & black. their complection copper suffused over with black. their minds lively & intelligent. They entertaind us with the song & dance of their own country. the first was learned from the Kangaroo which is their dancing master as the Bear is of the Kamtschatkans. I wishd to see how the [sic] performed the english dances: so, being the most active of the philosophical company, took out Baneelon, & performed with him a jig, Cheshire round & others of our most agile dances. his powers & quickness of imitating our steps were surprizing.
Now for Moses. To his great misfortune I had a mill to rebuild. He very unwisely took in as a boarder a fine stout hibernican mill wright:
& I much fear we may s
eeay of him as of his meek namesake, Ecce cornuta ejus facies!1
He gives likewise symptoms of methodism; so I fear much for the effect it may have on both head & hand.
I never lamented a war so much as this as it is war with madmen of which we cannot fore-see the end: & all this without the lest imputation to government. I think the convention would save the Queen: but she must fall a sacrifice to the mob. for you know it is impossible for the armies to recede on acct. of an individual. – Did you ever read so wretched & low a forgery as the letter &c ascribed to Mr Pitt?2
most truely yrs
I forgot a material part of my letter to beg from you a small matter towards regraving the late
John Lloyd rector of Caerwis my right hand in welsh antiquities my constant friend &
companion in travel: to whom we all owe much. The plate for the benefit of his widow &
[...] children among
whom is only 250£ for widow’s jointure & his ten [...]fatherless.