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Subject of an Inventory; I will, however, endeavour to be more upon a Par with you, with Regard to Prefents, though I never can, with Regard to the Pleafures I have received from your Converfation.
I make People wonder at my Exploits in pulling down Walls, Hovels, Cow-Houfes, &c. and my Place is not the fame. I am, that is with Regard to you,
a faithful Friend,
and humble Servant,
Mr. WHISTLER, and you, and I, and Sir T. HEAD, (whom I should name first, speaking after the Manner of Men) have just Variety enough, and not too much, in our Characters, to make an Interview, whenever it happens, entertaining-I mean, though we were not old Friends and Acquaintance.
W. SHENSTONE, Efq. to Mr. JAGO.
Dear Mr. JAGO,
HOUGH I have not yet troubled you with a Letter, I have not been void of all Enquiry, or Information concerning your Situation and Mr. HARDY'S Health; indeed, it is now many Weeks fince I collected fome Particulars from your Brother, and I am now impatient for fome further Intelligence. As to the Particulars of our friendly Reception at Wroxhall, Mr. JOHN JAGO has very probably acquainted you; he would, however, perfuade me to give you a diftinct Account; being af fured, he fays, it must be a good Subject for Drollery. I don't know how far this would be proper: but I think, when I write again to my Friend W-, to give him a Sketch. of his own Character, juft as it appeared during the Time of our Vifit. I do not mean to give Offence, fo I fhall intermix many good
good Parts of his Character, together with his Oddities. I believe the whole will take up a Sheet of Paper, for I have already confidered it. He has Good-Senfe, and Good-Nature at the Bottom; pity he fhould. difguise the former by one continued Air of Buffoonry, and the latter by a total Neglect of common De
Since I came home, I have done little elfe but plant Bushes, Hazel, Hawthorn, CrabTree, Elder, &c. together with fome few flowering Shrubs that I have had given me. I think nothing remarkable has occurred; only one miferable tempeftuous Day, I had the Earl of STAMFORD called to fee my Walks, together with Mr. DOVEY, of Birmingham, and two other Gentlemen. My Lord promised to come again in Summer, and invited me to Enville. By the Way, he is now building a Gothic Green-Houfe, by Mr. M-'s Direction; and by all Accounts, the Place is worth your feeing, when you come into this Country; 'tis but about fix Miles diftant from hence. Pray do not you embroil me with Mr. M, in Regard to the Obfervations I made in his
Walks. Remember there were not a few Things with which I was greatly delighted; and if there were a few that I lefs appeared to ad mire, it was owing to a Consciousness, that I was amongst Friends only, and that I thought it foolish to regulate my Expreffions by the fame Rules of Complaifance, which I ought to observe in different Places. I fay, ought, for he has been exceeding favourable to me, in his Reprefentations of the Leafowes. I hope to fee Mr. FANCOURT with you here this Spring, and why not your Brother? He can spend half a Week now and then at Wroxall. The Duke of S was treated with Cruelty by his Father till he was fixty-five, and afterwards scarce furvived him, to enjoy one Year's Profit of the Eftate. Such is the Tenure by which we hold our earthly Tenements!
W. SHENSTONE, Efq. to Mr. WHISTLER.
Dear Mr. WHISTLER,
HIS is the first Evening I have had to myself fince I left Cheltenham ; and as one wants fome very favourite Subject to engrofs one's Thoughts a little, after a long Diffipation, I could think of nothing more effectual than a Letter to one who has fo large a Share in them; befide, they have given me your Letter from Bradfield, and I am in Pain till I have acknowledged fo affectionate and polite a Present. People, whofe very Foibles are fo many Elegancies, can fcarce write any Thing more agreeable than a plain, unaffected Account of them. I remember, I used to think this a Kind of Diftinction between Mr. GRAVES and you; that the one had the Knack of making his Virtues unenvied, and the other of rendering (what I perhaps unjustly termed) his Weakneffes enviable. I am al