Downing Decr 9th 1783.
I am inexpressibly obliged to you for your last favor & for the pains you are at to gratify my amusement. I take on me your debt to
Moses, so please to send me the other half of the note you shall be credited by him for the ballance.
Be so good to keep by you what you have collected, till you get the heads from the octvo Rapin:
I shall then take the liberty of desiring my engraver to add a small matter to the par
[?cel] & then request that it may be sent by the coach. Inclosed is a list of desiderata from
Mr Grose. I beg my thanks & best
Complimts to him. I wish he could be quickened so that his present may join your prints. I insist on your informing me of the charges you are at on my account.
The cancels & additions I sent, suit the last edition of my voy. to the Hebrides.1 You should change yr copy: for perhaps a few more similar may appear but for the elect only. I have been before at some expenses in these donative additions: Mr Chiswel is at these but I ask none but rich friends & such who will not think me obliged to them.
Inclosed is yr pig of lead.2 the inscription is quite unintelligible, owing to the original false copying.
I approve much of Fox's indian bill.3 not that I love the man: but rejoice at the hopes of seeing due punishment inflicted on the eastern oppressors; & the poor indians from henceforth protected. – I am this moment inondé4 with company which stops my pen:
but let me with great truth conclude with saying how much I am
Yr obliged &
affect humble Servt