Internal ID: 1131 [see the .xml file]
Identifier: NLW 5500C, no. 94

Dear Sir

Inclosed are instantly fulfilled the last of yr wishes. 1 The rest shall be completed as soon as possible. I have packed up the print of Mr. Stillingfleet, a few of the Yr prints which I return, & 53 heads my son brought me from Paris in 1789. Please to keep what you like and return the others. Inclosed is a slate of our account: not sent by way of dun 2 but that we may know how we stand. it must swell much more before it will be worth receiving. I think the first article is right: if you doubt, pray strike it out.

I must now without ceremony express my wants. a Duke of Wharton. small heads of favorite E. of Essex: & Sir W. Raleigh. a small martin van Tromp.

Heemskirk.

[...] As you run into every odd shop: I shall be vastly happy if you cd fall on vol [...] of Churchills collection of voyages, or vol. [...] odd volumes. The [...]one is much wanted for Guinea: the other for India. These I mention not as a beggar: but to be put to account: you know my little deserts, so leave it to you to stop yr bounty when you please.

I shall send the parcel possibly by the Salop coach on monday night for I pass through that proud town that day: I forgot to say that I put up the two curious drawing of the old London markets.

In [...] d[...] this days paper I see a a new system of Natural history publishing by Cadel vol 1st. Pray get from Faulder for me. if neatly done the prints will be of use to both of us: but I will give my [...] opinion of it when it arrives.

If you get any of my desiderata, pray put them between my boards which you will receive by the coach & send them before May 5th to Mrs Pennant No 41 Upper Grosv street.

I lament that I cannot see yr fair daughters3 & yourself this summer: especially as possibly Mr Storer wd have made one of the party. I am equally grieved that of all things an aberration from the common roads of Great Britain, is the most impossible to Madam Pennant & self

As to the news respecting his royal Highness he is past the age of corrigibility. he a Henry Vth.!!! see my London new Edition p. 40. 41 4

As to myLord de Cholmondely: we nice rustics will allow him every fine quality of the Jack-ass & nothing more.

and as to mi Lord de Cardigan: The usual pains & penaltyies of unequal matches will probably add ornaments to his coronet.

I am almost sorry that the Idea of the war lessens. I wish that dreadful woman of the north so cripple[...]d, that she may never stir again, even on [...] crutches. – stained with a husbands blood!!!

Reeking with a three days slaughter of thirty thousand ^gallant Turks at Ismael 5 fighting pro aris et focis 6 against an unjust invasion!!!

surrounding Europe with usurped dominions!!! 7 acquir[...]ing a territory replete with forests of oaks, the magazine of resistless [...] navies, Which, with her infernal ambition, will make all Europe bend beneath her yoke!!!

England in pity to the world, in pity to itself, must break her power. ^may the armed neutrality ever remain alta mente repostum: 8 & may the cry of the house echo from every part, DELENDA sit CATHERINA!!! 9

Tho. Pennant


Editorial notes

1. The enclosure is not preserved with the letter in the manuscript, but Bull's receipt of a parcel is acknowledged in TP 189/32, 22 April 1791.
2. A 'dun' is 'An act of dunning or importuning, esp. for debt; a demand for payment'. OED.
3. Elizabeth and Catherine Bull.
4. Some Account of London, Second Edition (1791), pp. 40–1, relates how Henry, Prince of Wales, later Henry V, was committed to the King's Bench prison for insulting a judge on the bench, a punishment to which he submitted peacefully.
5. This refers to a Russian assault on Izmail, on the Danube in south-western Ukraine, begun on 11 December 1790. A. V. Suvorov led 31,000 men, and claimed 26,000 Turkish lives, together with 9,000 prisoners. This led to this rapid and successful conclusion of Russia's war with Turkey in 1791. See encyclopaedia2.thefree dictionary.com/Siege+of+Ismail>.
6. 'for our altars and our hearths' (a literal translation); 'before God and country (a looser translation).
7. During the reign of Catherine the Great, Russia's borders were extended southwards and westwards, with the addition of territories such as the Crimea, Belarus and Lithuania, and sections of Poland. This brought her borders well into central Europe. 'Catherine the Great (1729–1796)
8. 'stored deep in the mind'. See Virgil, Aeneid, Book I, line 26.
9. 'May Catherine be extirpated / utterly destroyed / rooted out.'

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