Mrs. W and all of you must have thought
me if not “rather a kind of imposter”, yet rather a kind of a brute not to have
written a word since we parted, so kind as you all were to me! But I know how
you are overdone with writing and I spare you every unnecessary
To speak the truth I have been a little worked
for the few last days
have been confined to my bed by one of my feverish colds; I am sitting up a
little to day but not in very good writing plight having a blister on my back as
broad as little William’s face.
I wonder if I shall ever see that said little William? –
To thank you over-warmly for your feeling and affectionate letter
would be to imply that it was possible I coud have suspected your large
liberality and considerate kindness
I shall obey you by
dedicating Mrs. Barnards kind
legacy to the purchase of a post Chaise, and her Annuity to the maintaining
hope I shall keep within the limits of your
allowance. Any two periods of the year it will be the same to me to receive it.
Christmas and Midsummer are my usual grand seasons, but if a Month or two or
three later will suit you better, I can manage as I shall have some money of my
own to take.
I trust you will be able to mitigate the severity of the new Tax to 200 a year
people – Parsons Officers Old Maids and Widows. My
Sisters whose Bath house was highly rated by the Assessed Tax
will not much feel the change, but to me whose little
Cowslip was so little taxed, it will make the difference /of/
from about /£/5 a year to nearly 50. It does not signify for me, but it enables
me to feel for large families
Old Cadell sent me some
time ago a petition for a charitable case to be sent to you, who he understood
had a large sum bequeathed you for that purpose. An old hawks! he is ten times
richer than you are. That is, he does not spend a tenth of his income I dare
say. I cut the matter short, told him I shou’d not so much as name it to you –
that the Legacy was pledged to specific Objects – That your charity greatly
exceeded your ability; and that depending on you myself for large supplies for
my own schemes, I made it a rule to apply to you for no other – So much for
Maister Cadell – I hope you
intend to get your Money of him at x times. I grudge that he is now making ten
per Cent of it perhaps.
Good old Newton has written to me to write to the Bp
of London in favour of a Mr.
Sheppard who was Curate to Cadogan
and who is Candidate for the Lectureship of
Now I do not care to do it, as I never heard so much as the name of Mr.
Sheppard. Do you know any thing of him and is he
the sort of man you cou’d recommend to the Bishop? Newton speaks of him as an upright moderate Man of good
character, a good and diligent preacher poor, unprovided for, has a wife and
children &c Mrs. W. will I dare say
send me a line with your view of this Subject – It strikes me that you shou’d tell
the Bp what a mischievous Man that Gun is. it is right the Bishops shou’d know that you
disapprove of such mad fellows as much as they do, whereas they think if there is
methodism and certainty that alone
disposes all in their favour.
I believe I
shall have occasion to write to you soon on an opening for doing good at
Exeter where nothing has yet been done in any of the
Being drowned out of Country quarters a week sooner than usual, I gave that week to
the Dss of Beaufort, Rutland, the Lady Manners &c
Stoke. We had many interesting scenes, and it
pleased God to enable me to be more bold than I ever was in my life. I do not
however flatter myself that any thing was done, except making some of the party
uncomfortable – but the dog will return to his Vomit.
I am gri[e]ved to find you so poorly, and the more as you were
seized too soon (humanly speaking) after
I pray God to give you strength to go thro your
important labours, and to give you in abundance the comforts of his spirit.
– Patty and Sally but poorly.
inflammation in my eyes making a part of my indisposition compells me to end
best remembrances to both Ladies
Why did Mr. P. in that
admirable speech with which he brought out his new Tax, speak so
exceeding proudly? It put me in mind of Herod; /it/ might have been called by the
prophane “the voice of a God and not the voice of a Man, and yet because He gave not
God the [letter ends abruptly]