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not value a canceled sheet or two. I must beg the favour of you to return these as soon as you can; and not to shew them to any individual. Please to recollect the difference between a transient Traveller and a resident Topographer. The one may be allowed to pass over the dryer minutiæ; which in the last would be inexcusable. This 1 mention in defence of my omissions. Full acknowledgments will be made to Mr. Allan in my Preface; till when, think me gratefully yours.-Did the Earthquake reach you? My house was most violently affected. T. PENNANT." - Dear Sir,
October 13, 1775. “ Your favours met me this week on my return from London. I am infinitely obliged to you for their instructive contents; and inclose again as far as the borders of Yorkshire *, and beg your comments as soon as convenient. At the end of this volume I shall give, in the Appendix, additions of every omission in my former two volumes, especially from the Banks of the Humber to Berwickt, in order to make my Itinerary complete. These will be inserted in their places in the future edition of those volumes: but I do this that the purchasers of the prior edition may have them without being under the necessity of purchasing them again. You see my omissions in 1769 from Stockton to Durham; perhaps your friendship will supply them. I leave Kaby and Brancepeth for the Tour 8: they were really surveyed in September 1773. You see I omit the Durham Library, and that for want of information. I beg to have five copies of Mr. Bailey's Print|l, and inclose my whole subscription.
“P.S. Your second favour is just arrived, after sealing my first Letter.—Mr. Harrison is most welcome to look at my sheets: the reason of my caution shall be explained to you in time. T.P.”
“ Mr. Hutchinson last winter wrote to me, begging I would peruse the new copy of his Tour, which I would have done most cheerfully. In my answer I pointed out an erratum or two in the former edition ; but never heard from him since, which I wonder at. Our first meeting, a wondrous odd adventure, might have taught him, from my conduct on the occasion, how to bear reproof. If you wish the Drawings back, I will send them instantly. If I had not a thousand more Drawings than I know what to do with, more liberal sentiments would prevent me from using the labours of others, unpermitted.--My best compliments to Mr. Harrison. My word shall be performed this winter. An edition of the British Zoology is now in the press: the whole sball be his ; he merited a better than the firsi. Apropos, of what use will he not be in my plan of a review of my Tour of 1769, in my Appendix ? Can he, or will he, survey Camps? I do not ask formå puuperis.
“ Trusts, executorships, and the nonsense of money and business, vex me this fall. Adieu. Your obliged friend, T. P."
* Tour in Scotland, vol. III. pp. 345–360. of Ibid. vol I. pp. 15. 50.
Ibid. p. 35. $ Tour from Alston Moor to Harrowgate, pp. 15, 19. # His View of the Town of Darlington.
- DBAR SIR,
Downing, Oct. 17, 1775. "I met with such instruction from your and Mr. Harrison's Notes, that I send the rest of Northumberland*. Please to transinit it to him, with my compliments, and beg the speediest return. I will write to Mr. Harrison in a few posts.
Oct. 29, 1775. “ Your three Letters are now before me. The two first I should have answered immediately, but was that day going from home ; and only returned yesterday, when I found your last. This morning I sent the proof-sbeets to Mr. Harrison. You inclosed the two last sheets of Durham, which I had looked over and returned you before. You shall have some additions to Stocktont soon. Mr. Bailey returns you many thanks for your genteel subscription to his intended work; when finished, I will take care to send you the copies safe. Inclosed is a fine Print of our Church, which I mentioned in a former Letter that I would send you; you will also find drawings of the coins found in Newcastle Bridge. Mr. Hutchinson is afraid you forestall him in publishing the old Inscription sent you at Hexham. I have not yet seen him; þut, when I do, shall reason with him, that you could not possibly omit noticing it as well as he ; therefore use your pleasure with it. The other Drawings are Mr. Bailey's present to you.
“I cannot yet get hold of any of the Plates of Hutchinson's Work as promised, except the three inclosed bad proofs, all which are engraved by Mr. Bailey. If you took any Drawings in this County, you will oblige me much in sending copies at Mr. Grif. fith's leisure; and a Print or two of Durham Cathedral. G. ALLAN," “ DEAR SIR,
Downing, Nov. 4, 1775. “My best thanks for your two last pacquets, particularly for the beautiful View of your Church. I beg Mr. Bailey would accept of the supernumerary copies I subscribed for, and only send me one good proof. If he continues in the country next spring, I shall be glad to employ him to draw a few particulars I wish for.
“ Please to make my compliments to Mr. Hutchinson, and set his heart at rest, by saying I shall not engrave the important initials at Hexham. I shall think myself obliged to him for two sets of his Plates on paper of the inclosed size. I mean them to enrich the copy of my Tour, which I intend to bind for myself. He may command a set of mine: as you may any Dravsings you please. My seryant anly did three Views of Raby. (wo of which consigned to Mr. Grose, who has engraven them. The third shall be copied for you.
“ Brancepeth, lent to Mr. Grose.
“ As soon as I have filled up the whole of my new edition of the British Zoology for the press, I shall begin my new Northern Tour. Be so good as to favour me with your company at Kel. hope Head, and point out all the Observables there, and on Alston Moor, Weardale Chapel, Stanbope, Wolsingham, and Bradley Hall *. You may see me safely lodged with our good friend at Auckland Castle ; and, as you have already travelled with me to Brancepeth, Staindrop, and Raby, I shall not trouble you with any more excursions to those places ; but shall be very happy to meet with you at Stockton, and to receive your instructions respecting my omissions between that place and Durham in 1769. This figurative journey I shall take this winter in iny elbow chair: and do assure you, I always find these ruminations of my Tours very pleasant.
THOMAS PENNANT.", "DEAR SIR,
Downing, Jan. 1, 1776. “ Accept from me my best wishes of this day, and many happy returns of them. I return the Drawing of Urns, with my best thanks for them, and every other mark of your useful friendship. I shall be happy to hear of your welfare. Thomas Pennant." “ Dear Sir,
Downing, Feb. 6, 1776. “ I would not so soon trouble you with a second Letter, did I not think it a shame to give to the publick a Fifth Edition of my Tour with a blank to the number of arches in Stockton Bridge. Let me beg from you a solution of that important question. The Bookseller very unexpectedly demands a new edition of both volumes t, which occasions this haste. Mr. Harrison is silent. I wish to hear from both, especially that I may learn where in London I may leave for each of you the promised books. T. P."' « Dear Sir,
Downing, Feb. 27, 1776. “ I truly regret your ill state of health, and beg you to accept my best wishes for your speedy recovery. I give you many thanks for your last kind communication. The account of Stockton is extremely satisfactory, as every thing of yours is. I imagine that my book will appear before May; when a copy with the Views you desire, and the Heads of the Countess of Desmond, Crichton, Cardinal Beaton, the first Hay Earl of Carlisle, and the famous Anne Clifford, shall be sent to your order. I hope to be in town by the last week in March, and shall myself execute, for us both, Mr. Hutchinson's obliging order. I shall send him my Plates, with your Book, &c. I am no collector of Heads, no are those you mention within my reach. I am much pleased with the bill of fare you sent of Mr. Hatchinson's Plates.
“I have begun my Tour of 1773 in two plates, and have left a great gap for the road from Alston Moor, down Weardale, to Auckland, in hopes that, if your health perniit, I shall be favoured with notices of the several towns and places on the road.
“When the weather grows warm, I shall be glad to give Mr. Bailey some employ, if you say he will undertake it. I want much the parts of Durham Catbedral, certain tombs, &c.
* Tour from Alston Mour, pp. 2–6.
« Mr. + In enumerating the Friends to whom he was judebted for communi. eations in the Tour to Scotland, Mr Pennant concludes, " and superiatively to Mr. George Allan of Darlington."
« Mr. Harrison has had long since my Synopsis of Quadrupeds, but has taken no notice of it. The Bridge shall be very speedily returned. Pray does the tide flow eight miles above the bar, or above Stockton Bridge? I shall be glad of this information by the time I reach town.
Tho. PENNANT." “ Dear Sir,
London, April 4, 1776. “ Notwithstanding all you can say, I shall ever acknowledge my obligations to you far superior to any you could possibly receive from me. i inclose an order for my Book (not yet pubJished); also for the Prints and Drawings. As yet my servant had time only to do two; but the rest shall follow with all speed. The places I visited from Alston to Auckland are, Kelhope account of antient and present states of the mines-St. John's Chapel, a village where I lay-Stanhope Park-Stanhope TownWolsingham-Bradley Hall-Witton-- Bishop Auckland-Whitworth, and the tomb of the Knight in the Church-yard.]
I beg to subscribe for three setts of your Friend's Botany* I have not yet read Mr. Hutchinson's book, but bave ordered it. I feared his manner would not please.- I continue here till the 1st of May, ready to receive your commands. I shall trouble Mr. Bailey with an order as soon as I return home. I did once employ Gamble. I thank you for the offer of Hatfield's tomb : but have thought of some others.
T. PENNANT." « Dear Sir,
April 27, 1776. “ Three parcels, viz. the Drawings, Mr. Hutchinson's Prints, and mine of Durham and Auckland, are left for you at Mr. White's. Those, and my Book, will be delivered to your order. I am leaving town; but hope to hear from you at Downing. T.P." “ DEAR SIR,
Downing, July 7, 1776. “ Your silence amazes ine; for I am sure your attention would have acknowledged the receipt of my Book, the Prints, and Drawings, which I trust you must have had long ago. I shall be happy to hear you are in health, of which I have suspicions. T. P."
July 22, 1776. “ I received your Letter, justly reproving me for so long silence, after so publict and private a favour conferred. I hope you will in part forgive me, when I assign some, though idle, reasons. At the time your Book, &c. came to hand, I was at Harrowgate, for the benefit of my health, where I continued some weeks, and found myself much better; but, after I got home, had a relapse, that confined me mostly to my bed. A fortnight after, the gout began to make its appearance in my hands and feet for the first time, and soon left me. Immedi. ately after, I had the most violent disorder, and inflammation in my bowels, that my life was despaired of, and confined me totally to my bed till Thursday last, when I ventured down · stairs, and have now the pleasure to say I grow better. These
.“ The British Flora," by Stephen Robson, a Quaker, of Darlington ; an ingenious publication.
strange attacks, you may be sure, unhinged me in every respect, and totally incapacitated me from all kind of business. But happy I was, in that respect : a good old Father re-assumed his pen, and managed for me. I shall say no more on this subject; but still hope for a continuance of that respect you have on every occasion shewn me, which I can never repay.
“I have not yet run half through your Book, and am a stranger to all Scotland.-I shall now be obliged to you, to let me have a catalogue of any further information you want, which shall not be neglected. In one of your letters you mention enquiries from Alston Moor down to Auckland. I never was in this part of the County, and know little about it; though, perhaps, I may furnish some little anecdotes about Stanhope and Wolsingham; for in that neighbourhood are some peculiar customs as to the tenure of estates. This reminds me of thanks for Mr. Griffith's two beautiful Drawings of Bradley Hall and Auckland Chapel, which I have got elegantly framed and glazed, with a memorial of the donor.-Mr. Hutchinson I have not seen a long time. Last week he sent me the MS. of the First Part of bis Northumberland Tour, made last year, to peruse. It is much superior to his last Work; and a good deal of his exuberances are lopped off. He tells me the Second Part will be the same length. I sent him your obliging order, for a set of your Prints.
“I have received from Mr.White a copy of Camden's last edition of the Britannia,' which I intend to interleave, and, if possible, illustrate it by every View, Head, and piece of Antiquity, I can lay my hands on ; which (with MS additions in process of time may be added) will, one day or other, be valuable.
This puts me on turning beggar to every acquaintance, for any Print for that purpose, when they may have a duplicate. Should you have any cast-aways in that situation, they will be the most acceptable gifts imaginable. Pardon this hint; beggars will be impudent. I have luckily got a duplicate of Bourne's · History of Newcastle, and I remember you once mentioned a desire of having one. G. A." “ Dear Sir,
Aug. 6, 1776. “Your favour finds me at Gloddaeth, in the county of Caernarvon. I truly lament the reasons of your long silence;
and sincerely wish for a speedy removal of the cause. My wants in your County are, Historical Accounts of the country from Alston Moor to Auckland; which takes in, you know, all Weardale, Stanhope, and Wolsingham. As soon as I return, I shall look over my Collection of Prints; and lay aside any duplicates I may have, for the purpose you mention. Do you mean duplicates of entire sets of my Tours, octavo, or quarto ?-Moses shall make more Drawings for you at his leisure.
“ I do not know what to say about Mr. Grose. While his work was goingon, he was uncommonly liberal. Since it has been brought to a conclusion, he has dropped me unaccountably. I think I have many duplicates of his Plates (taken off without the letterpress) at your service. I am infinitely obliged to you for Bourne, and I am glad that Mr. Hutchinson goes on with his Topography.
.“ I never