Downing Decr 27th. 1792
That many many happy returns of this season may attend miss Bulls1 & yourself is the sincere wish of this house.
Your favor bore a most melancholy complection. The relation of the Birmingham ass is
truely affecting but nothing to what happened within a short time past at Holywell.
The rumour of a mob prevaling I mounted my steed, & rode rashly into the midst of the market place. I scarce had time to
speak but I was knocked off my horse dragged to a butchers blood, & off went my head, before I cd
emit one Ave maria. The bloody minded vill
ains ripped open my breast,
&& at my right kidney & were beginning on the left, when an irish gentleman most fortunate cried out,
the Rascal, drown him the well. soone went I in, head & tail, when wondrous to say, I had no sooner touched the
holy hair of our blessed winefrid:3
but my viscera were restored & my head as nicely united to my body as if nothing had happen’d. I then sprung upon the bank.
The ruffians took to their heels, & by this miraculous intervention of our blessed Saint, Loyalty & peace was restored to the country:
I have been more than rewarded for my pain, having been unanimously chose chairman to the committee of the eleven associated
we are, (most seriously) wild with loyalty: not a collier or miner
in this very populous Country but understands the business & is most sincerely attached to the cause of good order. I inclose two
papers.4 for the third, I fear I must wait another post.
The welsh one is a translation of
judge ashursts speech
At length I have got Moses to set down to yr work. The subjects will not be so numerous as I thought: so I trust you will have them at the promised time. I still hold my pen. I saw it necessary to tack to China, Japan for the sake of making both ends meet. i.e China with the part of Asia described in the arctic zoology . pasting is also much in vogue so my XIV volumes of M.S. will be amazingly rich.
Thanks for your enquiry after our little girl: she is perfectly recoverd from a very painful illness which she bore with heroism.
most affectly &