Internal ID: 1209 [see the .xml file]
Identifier: NLW 2591, 140

Dear Sir

I remained at Bath above five weeks in daily of receiving news of yrs & miss Bulls welfare & your explanation of yr wants respecting the arctic Zoology which I should not have failed obeying to the best of my power. I fear you are not well when I consider your usual punctuality: I address myself to you in London imagining that you must have begun your town residence.

I returned home only last night thro perils of snow, very unusual at this early season. The Bath waters agreed with me; & I came back highly improved health: but not in spirits, having lost my daughter 1 by matrimony in a manner I far from approve. I never resist the wishes of a Lady in love affairs: we may as well endeavour to stop a swarm of Bees with a pitchfork. may they be happy.

Mrs Pennant unites with me in every good wish to miss Bull & yourself. & remain with true regard

Dear Sir
Yr affect. friend

Tho. Pennant

Richard Bull Esqr | Stratton street Piccadilly | London

[Stamp (postmark)] B DE 5 9[...]
[Stamp (handstamp)] HOLYWELL

Editorial notes

1. Arabella married a Barrister-at-Law named Edward Hanmer (d. 1821), fourth son of Walden Hanmer, Barrister-at-Law and MP for Sudbury, and his wife Anne, daughter and co-heir of Henry-Vere Graham of Holbrook Hall, Suffolk. Burke, A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (5th edn, London, 1838), p. 494. Although no precise date is given, the marriage is noted under Buckinghamshire in the December issue of The Monthly Magazine, and British Register, for 1797. From July to December, inclusive, IV (1798), 496.

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