Abergelli Aug. 22d 1793.
I am now at the Brighthelmstone of North wales,
a place rather inferior to that of Sussex: but the inconveniencies must be submitted to as
it does most amazingly confirm the health of our dear child. I trust that a fortnights more
penance will effect the end of our coming here & restore us all by our fire side at Downing.
some good rises out of every thing. you I know will rejoice to hear that I shall at abergelli
probably complete the tour of the isle of wight &
fill the blank I left from the borders of Sussex to Lymington.
I brought with me [...] my Journal, yr
materials Cambden, & worsely,
I find myself well inclined to work & hope to effect the business. If you have anything more say pray communicate.
still something may be added. one thing in particular let me request you to inform me, if Sir Rd Worsley
leaves his pictures &c &c at Appledorecombe in the order they were in the list you favord me with.
I truely lament the necessity which miss Catherine has for a Bath journey: may she feel every good effect which you can wish. I feel for you. I credit you for Botany bay till we meet. In town. in my passage homewards in July I met with two of its inhabitants at the Br. Museum. They had the features of very ugly negroes but the hair neither woolly or frizzled; nor yet straight like the Indostans, rather waved & black. their complection copper suffused over with black. their minds lively & intelligent. They entertaind us with the song & dance of their own country. the first was learned from the Kangaroo which is their dancing master as the Bear is of the Kamtschatkans. I wishd to see how the performed the english dances: so, being the most active of the philosophical company, took out Baneelon, & performed with him a jig, Cheshire round & others of our most agile dances. his powers & quickness of imitating our steps were surprizing.
Now for Moses. To his great misfortune I had a mill to rebuild. He very unwisely took in as a boarder a fine stout hibernican mill wright:
& I much fear we may
see ay of him as of his meek namesake, Ecce cornuta ejus facies!1
He gives likewise symptoms of methodism; so I fear much for the effect it may have on both head & hand.
I never lamented a war so much as this as it is war with madmen of which we cannot fore-see the end: & all this without the lest imputation to government. I think the convention would save the Queen: but she must fall a sacrifice to the mob. for you know it is impossible for the armies to recede on acct. of an individual. – Did you ever read so wretched & low a forgery as the letter &c ascribed to Mr Pitt?2
most truely yrs
I forgot a material part of my letter to beg from you a small matter towards regraving the late
John Lloyd rector of Caerwis my right hand in welsh antiquities my constant friend &
companion in travel: to whom we all owe much. The plate for the benefit of his widow &
[...] children among
whom is only 250£ for widow’s jointure & his ten [...]fatherless.