Downing Septr 20th. 1782.
It gives Moses Griffith much concern to hear that he does not bestow equal pains on all his works which he declares he is not conscious of. He indeed made the large drawings larger than I could have wished, but has charged them only 9s each, whereas his usual price is 12s. He likewise charges you at the rate he first began, as being an original c[?us]tomer. Should you dislike any drawing he will chearfully [sic] take it back. your other orders will be most punctually obeyed. & you may depend on having vol. 1 by new years day. I fear the journey to London must crave yr patience till midsummer. If you are intimate with the Heralds office could not you get for our common use the arms & crest of Lord Wenlock.1 If not we may together in march visit the sd office.
I am struck with horror at the loss of the royal George & more so to find she really was so rotten as not fit to be trusted out of Port.2
Does not the inattention of the admiralty merit rebuke.
[...]The last [...]
post's paper fills me with dire apprehension about Gibraltar.3
the loss must occasion much murmur: for our Fleet has lain two months idle. neither that fortress relieved, nor our important stores relased
frm the baltic.4
But to my conclude my horrors, I tremble more at the profligacy of the common people; & the cruel robberies which destroy all
safty [sic] about the capital. if scarcity ensues (for here is a relapse of bad weather) & no means used to prevent it by opening of our ports, I cannot see what will prevent a general rising. Heaven avert all these evils.
We all join in best complimts to yr house. I beg mine to Mr Storer & many thanks for the franks.
Yr very faithful humble Servt