901 | From Lord Barrington

    Cavendish Square April 13th. 1772.

    Dear Sir,

    I always go to Beckett at Easter for a few days to settle Accounts do business &c, but I never encourage any of my friends at that time to call on me, as I am totally incapable of receiving them, even with tollerable convenience. I have no Servants but my old superannuated Housekeeper, who gets me a beefstake; and the House remains unfurnish’d as every thing is taken down at the beginning of the winter on account of the Damp. That Damp Still continues, & I fear would make it dangerous for a convalescent. On these Accounts I must not wish to see you at Beckett till the Summer comes & my family goes down. I shall then receive you and any of my Cousins with the greatest pleasure.

    If however you want to see me now, I will receive you as well as I am able, any Day between Easter Sunday & the Thursday following, unless I should be suddenly calld away on account of Insurrections from the dearness of Provisions, which have begun, & I fear will spread.1 Your best way from Bath is by Ciceter and Faringdon. If you come, be pleased to let me know the day by a Line directed to me at Beckett near Faringdon, by the Cross Post. I hope you are in a fair way to be soon perfectly well, and I am with the greatest truth & regard Dr Sir

    Your most faithful & obedt Servant


    Cav: Square April 13. 1772.

    ALS, RC      BP, 12: 257–260.