Downing April 23d 1789
Various occupations engaged me for some time after my return: otherwise I should not have failed to make enquiry after you
& yours. I trust this will find you all better than when I left you. you must never give way to dejection but let us enjoy ourselves as long as we can by every innocent amusement. I drive off the evil spirit by writing
& now my pen works with the vigour of thirty. I fling down that I use for the siege of Boulogne & the history of its smugl
&c &c1 to catch up that dedicated to my friend Bull; &
it now tells you to write a speedy account of yr health and that of miss Bulls.2
If their rheumatisms plague them, away to Buxton which may bring them so far on their road to
Wales, & give us a chance of seeing you. Pray do not forget the state of the
new river: among other particulars, I wish to know how many houses it has for tenants; & what parts of the town it supplies.3
But other news not relative to my labors will be very acceptable.
I am just on the point of going to Thanksgive:4 & then treat my numerous miners & colliers with Beef & ale; illuminations & transparencies: so that the rogues will think Loyalty a good thing & roar out ‘Cot pless Kink Shorge' till they cease to articulate. The truth is I alway give annual treats, only on this occasion add a little more. I must own I fear the event of this day; & tremble for the effect it may have on the head of majesty. If it stands the huzzas of his good subjects, I think we may ensure it the rest of his days.