Internal ID: 1164 [see the .xml file]
Identifier: WCRO CR2017/ TP 189, 45

My dear Sir,

I hope and trust you have passed a more agreeable winter than I have done, in the midst of Apozems,1 and elmulsions, which are ever my aversion, & never do good. my confinement has been perpetual; In the winter I am forced to roll myself up, like a wood:louse, and be content to remain in a torpid state, even in such days, as invite reptiles, apparently worse than myself, to crawl about; in short I am a non discript animal, that would puzzle the best naturalist of you all.

I have at last got two copies upon large paper of the new Edition of London , one of which, I shall keep till I have the pleasure of seeing you, or of receiving your directions about; the other I shall pay for, and take care it is not charged to your account; there is no reason why it should be so. Faulder, the Prince of puzzle pates, has sent the Plates quite imperfect, and two of them so torn, and rumpled, that I have sent them back to be changed, together with half a dozen sheets of the letter press, which are too dirty for our use.

The early intelligence the publishers of news:papers now contrive to procure, has completely ruin’d all private informations, which correspondents heretofore, were mutually enabled to oblige their friends with. every thing by way of news nowadays, from a private pen, comes in, lagging, like a distanc’d horse.

It is a matter of great pleasure to every body to know, that the troops are arriv’d in Holland, safe, and well – our fears about them, were by no means groundless. they sail’d in too great a hurry, and not well equip’d. one of the transports forgot to take any ballast on board; some of the cannon were intended for that purpose, but it did not arrive in time, and so they sail’d without even a gravel Ballast.

There seems but one opinion about Breda, – that it was lost by treachery.2 the Riots in Paris, and Lyons, and in others of their provinces, begin to grow charmingly Lawless. 3

A Seperate Peace, between the Prussians, and the French, is already talked of, but surely without foundation, tho’, I for one, have a bad opinion of Frederick.

Our best good wishes, attend you and yours, as always, and I am Dear Sir, Your oblig’d and faithful
Humble servant

Rd: Bull

Editorial notes

1. Med. A decoction or infusion.
2. The French general Charles-François du Périer Dumouriez led an offensive into Holland in February 1793, taking Breda on 25 February. Jones, The Longman Companion to the French Revolution, p. 26.
3. The Kentish Gazette, 5 March 1793, 4, reports on the capture of Breda by French forces, on 'dreadful riots' at Lyons, and on the recent attack on 'persons at Paris selling provisions, bakers, grocers, &c . . . by a hungry and powerful mob'.

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