Downing May 12th 1796.
I do most sensibly feel for the situation of miss Bull and yourself. The little I have said before on the melancholy subject is all I can urge.
In my own case, I shunned all consolation. Pity only heightens,
or renews sorr
yow. Think not unfriendly in [...]
dropping the subject, after admiring the elegance of the design, & the warmth of affection expressed in the attendant lines.
Permit me ask [sic] a copy of both on paper the size of [...]imperial quarter of sheet. I mean it for my
isle of wight. but not for publication. my memorial on a similar occasion is given at p. 111. of my
notwithstanding Moses has for a good while past ^been taken up with miniatures, he has engaged to undertake yr Whiteford & Holywell in the time prescribed. & He shall do another for myself. Be so good, by virtue of the inclosed, to get one hot pressed ^copy for myself, which you will be so good as to send with yrs2
I must mention a thing of little moment to you, that moses gets so much by his miniatures, that he must raise his price: His harvest begins late, & we cannot think him blameable for profiting of it.
I am glad to hear that you renew yr amusements. I persist in mine in deficance of my approaching 71st. I have actually printed two sheets of my View of Hindoostan. It will be magnifique in large quarto embellished with plates. It is meant only as a pattern to David to guide him in the mode of publication of the ^rest of outlines of the globe that magnum opus.
yr the Grove & where will be yr
residence next month. odd questions but not without their meaning. There is a possibility of Mrs Pennant
& I visiting a worthy relation of hers at East Malling, in Kent.3
She will keep her resolution of never entering the capital again. I wd
do the same but my duty to my sister impells me to go there for four or five days. I wd
rather hear that mr Bull was in town
at that time than elsewhere for my time will be pretious: & I would [...] grudge all,
but on people pretious to me
Since I wrote last I can exult in being a happy grandsire to a fine stout lad. who with all the rest of my stock surround me.
I had great fears about my Son: he was attacked by a severe cough in the easterly winds of last month:
& all our fears were revived. I sent for him down & thanks to heaven
&Native air & exe [...]rcise
has more than restored him. He not [sic] sixteen till august, yet is taller than myself. He takes kindly to drawing & I think will excell.
I am glad to hear that yr worthy friend general Rainsford is returned. my best wishes attend him.
That Peace of mind; & resignation attend you & miss Bull is the warm prayer of
Yr ever affect. & obliged friend
Please to send the copies by the chester coach directed to me.