5 December 1789
I now inclose Moses receit: there is some addition to the bill by work done since, which shall be accounted for. I have paid him *20£ which you will please to put into the hands of Mesrs Gosling. Be so good as to let me know if you would have the drawings entered at the coach office to their full value which may be a security to them. Now I most sensibly feel my loss; being engaged in the toilsome task of new writing my journey from the Temple stairs to Dover . my imaginary continuation of it along the coast of France is now under the hands of an excellent copiest [sic]: who writes (But perhaps you will not credit it) [...] a better hand than myself.
I am sorry for the occasion which brings you so early to town: But it will give
my son an opportunity of seeing you. He is in town
brought there to convoy his sister down & pick up his little
on the road. He has brought yr maps on Indian paper
with him. A short Part of my summer was passed under excruciating pains in one of the seats of the gravel: they racked me for
a fortnight & yr ails are also removed, that I may have a little enjoyment of you in march: So
I hope you will oil yr hinges against that time. I have not the honor of knowing Lady Clarges:
I write so much & think so much that I lose the habit of talking: so shun all conversations & dread the meeting of a wit.
not but I met with mrs Piozzi this summer: & she called here
& was very agreable: for I will allow that wits may be so, in their lucid intervals. as to London
the sighs of my munificent sister & the desire of being with my son
as long as possible before he embarks for the continent will bring me to town next spring. the following, I shall pass at home.
I have m yany inducements. my son takes to the place: & our, or rather his improvements go on rapidly.1
I dare resign to him the direction: & heartily wish the hour was come in which like Charles V
I could resign the whole. As to London friends die so fast, that it begins to grow very thin to me. Heaven preserve
you & the few I have left. My best complimts attend
Sir W. Burr
the young ladies: & better health. Pray do not forget my remembrances to
sir W. Burel &
Yours with the truest regard
Downing Decr 5th - 89