|Internal ID:||1208 [see the .xml file]|
|Identifier:||NLW 5500C, no. 139|
Condition: tight binding of the manuscript may have rendered some full stops invisible
|Editors:||Transcribed by Ffion Mair Jones; edited by Ffion Mair Jones; encoded by Vivien Williams. (2019)|
Downing Octr 19th 1797
I arrived here from oxford on Tuesday after settling my good Tom at Christchurch.
I trust & believe I brought him up proof against the corruptions of the place, the effect of the times. want of health &
want of spirits occasioned my visit to Bath. I do not know to whom I can pour out the causes so properly as to a friend who will bear with them & who besides is not
ignarus mali.1 my loss in 1794 began the carreer
of visitations. The wound was scarcely healed before the death of Sir Roger Mostyn & all the consequential evils, opened it afresh.
The degraded conduct of his heir, his ingrat
uitude to his guardians & [sic] are fresh aggravations of the trouble, & the successful divisions created by the villanous church man the
dean have produced dissensions truely tremendous. Death hath made frequent also among my friends but the loss of two of my humble ones affected me most poignantly. one a faithful servant who lived above 50 years in the family of
my first wife and my own. a woman zealous in every interest of her master or mistress. She fell in my sight of an apoplexy..
The second loss I sustained was of a singular character an humble companion who for above 40 years prevaded my first dish at Dinner a sort of
Sancho with good abilities, most singular humor, & great innocence.2 I truly may say that Better I had lost a better man
I now stop; & divert my lamentations to something more pleasing. Last week my Eldest son reviewed his company: & made a most masterly allocation, more romanor^um3 animating, nervous & eloquent: the grace of his action the propriety of his diction & his fine person had full weight on his audience.4 ––––– but too much of this.
may this find miss Bull & you well, & inspirited by Duncan's victory.5 It was as critical as great. I think I have had letters from you dated from this place [...]6 amusement draw you here this season; a pleasing expectation to
Yr obliged & affect friend
On address side in Richard Bull's hand:
Q. what Ingleby's drawings doing for me – and omit those I don’t want.