Downing Jan. 16 1784.
Last night I received your most acceptable present: which will enrich me past measure. but your generosity ties me up from future requests.
Moses shall do all you want. at length we have begun
& I do assure you he shall work only for you & me till they are done. indeed he is anxious to do his best for his friend
Mr Bull. I have put
the three first ^all the volumes into boards: which keeps the prints safe,
& drawings clean: & you know we can take them to pieces when we please. I have done the same by three of my volumes of
scotch tours & made them very handsome. You may remember that by cancels I can divide the original three into six.2 if you have the
first edition, pray change it & get to which my cancels are adapted.
Mr Taylor's scenes of shakespear
furnish me with four excellent prints for my mention of Macbeth. I believe the new edition of
vol. 1 Welsh Tour
will soon come out of the press. I meant one for Mr Burrel
but you must not tell, else he will do nothing for me, having the fear of bribery & corruption before his Eyes. But I never bribe
but do good to my poor neighbors. Alas poor Mr Storer,
but he is so used to falls, that he never minds them. The Post is remarkably late this day: which fills my mind with rebellions, depositions abdications
& the Lord knows what. seriously the times have an horrid aspect, & must make honest men dread events.
I passed two days with my family at the most hospitable house of Lleweny. Its master MrFitzmaurice returned your Complimts tenfold. his Bleachery4 is an amazing sight: & I hope will turn out to his profit. for his expences have been most amazingly great.
most truely yrs