Downing octr 2
The alarming color of my wax and paper is caused by the death of Lady Mostyn a very heavy loss to the young part of the family: But Mrs Pennant & I have also felt most severely for our little girl who sufferd a severe illness: but thank heaven she is now got quite well; & we are told that she will feel the good effects even of her disorder the rest of her days.
I am sorry that moses should this time disappoint you: but he thinks that he has not done work sufficient to send to you next month: but assures me that you shall have the whole in February. He has been diverted both from your work & mine by the importunity of some of the mostyn family & its allies to copy some miniatures of their sweet faces which he does most admirably.1
I thank you for the hint about Mr Windham’s drawing of Peking. It is above my views: but may properly attend the magnificent account that will follow the return of our embassador. Ld Macartney & I exchanged letters. I was impertinent enough to give him a few hints which he received candidly.
Congratulate me on having only two or three days labor to complete my magnum opus
of (now) fourteen folio M.S. I could not resist making the complete Tour of new Holl
& visiting our unfortunate brave in Port Jackson. No
Bull’s head tempts the happy passenger in: but all is squalor, poverty & starvation. The more I read & the more I see of the wild plan, the more I admire its extravagance.
I join most heartily with you in your opinion of the Jacobins. The french now run amuck as much as an Indian furious with bang;
& especially after the retreat of t
[...] Germans after
^from their senseless inroad.3
The True policy wd have been to have left the m french to themselves: they must have fell to pieces in a little time: but now intoxicated with the dispensation of heaven,
(which they will misinterpret) they for a time will become the pest of That many many happy returns of this season may attend .
You see people perhaps just arrived from Paris: Pray tell me the real present state of that capital: does any thing commercial go on; or does the interest of the national debt continue to be paid.
If the last is done, their resources cannot have faild [...] them
Long may old england remain as it is. neither rich nor poor can wish for better days. ––—
Best wishes attend you & fair daughters5. Adieu
Yrs most truely
I fear to hear my respected friend & yr fellow collegian Paul Panton is among the losses of these few months, many of which I deeply deplore. the lot of age!