Internal ID: 1216 [see the .xml file]
Identifier: NLW 2591, 132

Dear Sir

Your favors of Jany 1. & 15th are before me shamefully unthanked. I beg you at present to receive my grateful acknowlegements & a tenfold return of my best wishes. I lament your confinemt: as to myself: notwithstaning my swelled leg I am capable of riding three miles & back again: & by the use of Fox glove find a visible diminution of my mill post.2

I cannot but confess that my daughter's conduct gave me much uneasiness; It was deceptive & disingenuous, & that at theHer age of 35. Her choice had nonot one reason of my approbation. The lover could boast of no one object of admiration, his aspect mean, understanding moderate, & his manners, uncouth. on his little landed property he had built a house without money, so that 2000£ of her fortune was obliged to be advanced for the redemption: but for her future maintenance we have secured sufficient of her fortune.

I thank you for the prints: & am sorry for the mistake about my drawings.3 Be so good as to send them to Mr White to wait my directions. I wish to make a cancel in my favorite work4 & will allot what white can get for them for that purpose & will send you the sheet.

I thank you much for all yr intelligence I& do still hope that the french will refine too much & at length irritate the dastard monarchs into proper spirit. This is rather a low day with me. accept my sincere prayer for miss Bull's & your improvement in health.

Adieu, Dear Sir,
Yr ever obliged &
affect. friend

Tho. Pennant

I paid Ingleby the 10£. please to repay it into the hands of Mess Gosling & Sharpe.

So strong is my curiosity that I open my letter to ask when you have ocasion to write again the story of the Captn of the man of war who was hanged in his uniform, his crime, name &c &c5

Richard Bull Esqr | Stratton street Piccadilly | London

[Stamp (postmark)] A JA 22 98
[Stamp (handstamp)] HOLYWELL

Top of first page, in Richard Bull's hand:

4274. - D 5
4276 - - 5

Bottom of final page, in Richard Bull's hand:

Sent the 8 drawings to white. as directed.

Editorial notes

1. This is wrongly dated and should be 1798.
2. Pennant refers humourously to his 'thick or fat legs'. OED s.v. mill-post.
3. As a marginal note by Bull to this letter makes clear, Pennant refers here to the eight prints of the Bay of Fundy mentioned in NLW 5500C, no. 141; TP189/66.
4. To 'make a cancel' means here 'The suppression and reprinting of a page or leaf'. OED. Since the prints mentioned were to be returned to White for selling, it seems reasonable to assume that the cancels in question related to one of the eight of Pennant's works printed by his house. PENNANT'S FAVOURITE WORK?
5. Bull may have answered this request in a letter of 22 January 1798, which he believed went amiss. See TP189/67, 19 March 1798.

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