Dear Sir -
Your partiality sees more merit in me than I can myself: otherwise you would not so l
me with favors I must through vanity & thro’ interest acquiesce in yr munificence: so accept with
mypatience my impudent inclosure,1
I did last year anticipate much respecting
& other shops: so really think my w
ants will be very few. Besides,
quo me, Bulle, feris plenum tui.
You have infected me with the same rage as yourself. Besides
from London to Dover
fill my mind; & my
attention is filled with rapacity after prints which interest those countries. In the list inclosed are some that regard the last for example
Don Sebastian the Portuguese ^hero or madman (which you please) who fell
on the plains of Morocco before Muley Malic.
any brief account of the wooded Country behind Port down will be acceptable. I confess I was not at Southwick house but it shd come in. I know a little of its history: but wish for more. also a description or sketch of the house. the deceit of assuming the merit will be very venial: in a book the public is not to see. whose is it now. Is there not a tale of the Devil making one of the Personæ Dramatis at a play there performed in the chappel.3
I suppose I have made a pen slip about the Earl of Northampton
who really died in 1614.5
do I call him Earl of Arundel
was it at Greenwich. – I write now fourteen miles from Downing:
for receiving yr Letter6
took it with [sic] on a visiting tour: which we are now. I
from one of my good friends: possibly because I think epistolary conversation with Mr B.
than oral with the good folks I am among. I shall date from home on Thursday7
& send this in a frank the last I can get till sir R. M. returns: so please to name an M.P. to whom I can inclose pacquets, for such I have to make up of the scotch heads or portraits.
I fear yr news of le Duc d’orleans is not true: & hope yr other news is not. I fear the coalition you mention will never last.8 Pray send me some acct of the real state of french affairs for I can collect nothing from the papers
Yrs most truely
Downing Febr. 17th -91