Your ever welcome Letter
of came safe to hand. Moses shall send
the work at the time you desire. I will send you his bill: & if you approve will settle it for you till
we meet in march. I shall then come to town to forward David on his third &
last tour to the continent.2
The great Alderman Boydel (a countryman of mine) called here last
week & passed some hours with me. He is going to publish a set of welsh views houses &c, on the plan & of the size of
Watts. among others my house with as much of its
environs as he can take in. Is it not happy that at the age of seventy! or more he can have the spirit to attempt great
never think of returning two trumpery sheets. they were never meant but for the amusement of yr moment. Carter ought to have been at home etching for them so pray dismiss him as soon as he he has done yr business.
fin almost finished my voyage frm Calais
to St Jean de Luz. This contains all the history
english & french, I can introduce. [...] All
this to be wrote by a neighboring schoolmaster3
into a large paper book in a rather fairer hand than my own; & the margins to be illuminated by the hands of Moses.
You may see it if You will: But I am unwilling
to shew yr eyes & grieve your heart.4
Sir Watkins ill circumstances seems entirely owing to gross impositions of stewards. &c.
It is also a bad thing to be in ^(political) minorities so many hungry wolves are to be fed by the good
& credulous. Sir Watkin was on his first coming to his estate induced to alt
a house in which he might have spent 6000£ per an. to make it a temporary house while
Wynnstay was rebuilding into a palace. forsooth the other wanted a great room. He
built there stables, garden walls &c &c. took away some party walls insomuch that - the outer walls being ready
to meet, he was forced to pull all down & after 13000£ expence sell the materials. so I
give you one receit for making rich men poor.
Thanks for yr good wishes respecting Mrs Mostyn's bequests. I am no monoplist: so rest quite content. Lady Mary Ker will get about 12000£ (if the securities prove good) but I fear by the rascality of Mrs Mostyn s attorney. some are very doubtful. I mourn now for another ally, a relation of my first wife; & a very early friend, who I shall really miss.5 a misfortune old men must experience
I inclose a news paper with a paragraph of mine. I do not often commit para
but I was indignant at the conduct of Judge, Council & Jury on a most flagrant affair.7
I have not done with them
Thanks for yr french news. Pray continue it. for I greedily inhale all I can get from that interesting land.
best wishes attend you & yours. adieu says
Yr affect friend