Internal ID: 1022 [see the .xml file]
Identifier: NLW 5500C, no. 24

Dear Sir

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.

I am
Dear Sir
Yr very faithful humble Servt

Tho. Pennant


Editorial notes

1. This probably refers to Sir John Wenlock, first Baron Wenlock (d.1471), to whose death Pennant refers in The journey from Chester to London (1782), pp. 396–7. ODNB.
2. HMS Royal George sank in the harbour at Spithead on 28 August 1782 with the loss of more than 800 lives. See here [external link].
3. The French and Spanish launched an attack on Gibraltar on 13 September 1782, using floating batteries alongside other vessels and troops. Red hot shot was fired by the British at the batteries with some success, however.
4. On Britain's dependence on the Baltic region for naval stores during the 1780s, see James Davey, The Transformation of British Naval Strategy: Seapower and Supply in Northern Europe, 1808–1812 (Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 2012), pp. 20–3, 26.

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