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Subject of an Inventory; I will, however, endeavour to be more upon a Par with you, with Regard to Presents, though I never can, with Regard to the Pleasures I have received from your Conversation.
I make People wonder at my Exploits in pulling down Walls, Hovels, Cow-Houses, &c. and my Place is not the same. 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, Esq. to Mr. JAGO.
Dear Mr. JAGO,
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 since I collected some Particulars from your Brother, and I am now impatient for some further Intelligence. As to the Particulars of our friendly Reception at Wroxhall, Mr. JOHN Jago has very probably acquainted you; he would, however, persuade me to give you a distinct Account; being assured, he says, 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, just as it appeared during the Time of our Visit. I do not mean to give Offence, so I shall intermix many
good Parts of his Character, together with his Oddities, I believe the whole will take up a Sheet of Paper, for I have already considered it. He has Good-Sense, and Good-Nature at the Bottom; pity he should 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 else but plant Bushes, Hazel, Hawthorn, CrabTree, Elder, &c. together with some few powering Shrubs that I have had given me. I think nothing remarkable has occurred; only one miserable tempestuous Day, I had the Earl of STAMFORD called to see 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-House, by Mr. M—'s Direction; and by all Accounts, the Place is worth your feeing, when you come into this Country ; 'tis but about six Miles distant from hence. Pray do not you embroil me with Mr. M, in Regard to the Observations I made in his
Walks. Remember there were not a few Things
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W. Shenstone, Esq. to Mr. Whistler.
Dear Mr. WHISTLER,
myself since I left Cheltenham ; and as one wants some very favourite Subject to engross one's Thoughts a little, after a long Dissipation, I could think of nothing more effectual than a Letter to one who has fo large a Share in them; beside, they have given me your Letter from Bradfield, and I am in Pain till I have acknowledged so affectionate and polite a Present. People, whose very Foibles are so many Elegancies, can scarce write any Thing more agreeable than a plain, unaffected Account of them. I remember, I used to think this a Kind of Distinction 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 Weaknesses enviable. I am al4