Yesterday Mrs P. & I returned frm a jaunt to Leverpool. myself with the influenza came back not the better. but by dint of spirits I clambered over the slave ships; & can say no more to that terrible business, than that ‘We have a wolf by the ears.’1 I am so unwell at present that I shall refer you to my M. S. Africa for my thoughts: they are strangely divided.
my Son tells me there are not to be had any heads of the eminent spaniards:
Because they never had any till a Palomino appeared in the beginning of this Century.
had they [...] was there any others till the time of
Charles III. the present chief secretary of state
is employing persons to copy the pictures of illustrious men in order to engrave them. But He
shall search at Paris, where he may find yr desiderata by other engravers.
By some accident I have mislayed yr Letter. If I find it, & find anything material to answer, I shall write again.
most faithfully Yrs
Please to give me notice of the time you make yr short visit to London for I must trouble you with a commission.