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
parish [...]es. [...]
[...] 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 &