Downing Febr. 3d 1791
I send with shame as much of my Tour from London to Dover that my old secretary has done. He is grown I fear more than usually drunken; & has brought his work very dirty. I hope it may be purified with the indian rubber. If not I would recommend you to get it again copied (at home) by one of the many exquisite writers you have in London. yr cost for this will not amount to 40 Sh. I hope you will like moses's title page & a bird on one of the margins.
The little etchings of his are only Essays done many
[...] years ago.1
you will find in the parcel two others: part of Fountains abby better done. you will also find duplicates of relatives to
Canterbury, which you will want for the M.S. is there [?cover] to flogging scene of Henry. II?
Did I send you at any time etchings of the Am. birds by
M. Griffith. He can furnish you with many drawings for Wales;
but not for London, any. Pray send yr list of the former.
I think I have a set of the Zool. part of the arctic Zoology 2 as far as printed for you. have you another; for we must not break a set. that work will become valuable for faintheartedly I printed but few. White must supply you with title pages.
I have an attack of the gout in my left foot: but not on my head, spirits or hands: so I can write & paste away most furiously.
Pray let me know is Andrea Doria, Sebastian King of Portugal. the Great Emanuel, any of the Philips of spain to be had. ^Heemskirk Richardson is the honestest of the tribe. if you have health & spirits pray examine & favor me with the prices. Is there no dutch monfaucon antiq. fr. in any of the sales.
Yrs most truely
Let me know what you have of the Edinburgh Barbers work. I can supply you with more.