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 our books1,
& 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 shakespear3
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