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My dear Sister
   I am ashamed that I did not answer y=r= letter on saturday, but I was in the City on business in the morning, M=rs= Carter dined with me, & early in y=e= afternoon I was to go to L=d= Shelburnes to see a representation of ye last irruption of Mount Vesuvius, which was painted in Italy in liquid [\& transparent/] colours & [\being/] illuminated behind, gave a very strong representation of ye thing; it was consignd to his Lordship in its way to the Brittish Museum. I am glad you are moving towards us so soon, whether my situation will allow [\you DELETED\] [\me/] to profit by it [\I cannot tell/] if M=r= Montagu is better by that time I will come to you as soon as you tell me it is convenient, but he is not in such a state that I can now leave him. I have not even been out above two or three times for above 3 weeks past. We have great hopes from the warm weather that is now to be expected, but tho to day is the warmest we had had, M=r= Montagu is not so well as he was yesterday.
If it will be convenient to you, & that you approve it, I will send Woodhouse my Butler down a day or two before you intend to be there, because I think he w=d= attend to y=r= fires & airings, for he is very active & diligent. D=r= Gregory has not yet met with a Gardener, & he wanted to know what wages. Under gardeners at Lambeth have ten pound a year, & their victuals, so I have offerd for you 8=L= a year & livery frock ye first year, 9=L= a year & livery frock ye second year, for you will want a better gardener rather than these I mention they being little better than labourers, & you must have a man of decen[{t{] [\TEAR\] character, & such will not leave their Country without a good consideration I hope I have not offerd more than is proper. I shall let you have one of my Men to guard you till we can get a proper one. I will train up ye fine boy we call little John for a Gardener for you, when little John is great John you shall have him. The story I mention'd to you was
of L=d= Beauchamp, I know not any story of L=d= B-te, there is a sad one about his Daughter Lady P-y, no one knows what is y=e= affair, but the Lady is rusticated. I shall send y=e= shins by wensdays carrier, & will write there with I dont like this writing on a single Vessel of paper it cramps my genius terribly I can only write (^y=e= needfull^) in such a compass. No news of S=r= John Fielding. L=d= Lyttelton has been out of Town almost a Month, I believe he has no connexions with S=r= John or [\TEAR\] [{at his{] [\TEAR\] might give him a hint. he talkd [\TEAR\] to Town ab=t= y=e= middle of this [\TEAR\] M=rs= Fieldings maid gives proof of her zeal but she must make her poor Mistress suffer by cramming her when ye internals are weak. M=r= Montagu takes little food but is grievously plyed with medicine, of which he often complains. We had strange doings with the Mob on monday & tuesday last. they calld us up at 2 in ye morning & those who were not nimble enough to get their candles lighted had their windows broken tho they humbly supplicated
their Majesties the Mob to give them time to obey them & they w=d= do it. At Hyde Park corner, & all through Piccadilly, y=e= Voters from Cook & Beauchamp were sadly pelted their carriages broken. M=r= Holford was so cut as to lose a vast deal of blood M=r= Townshend arm is much bruised. My Brother Morris's chaise was broken & great stones thrown into ye chaise but he received no harm. Duke of Leeds narrowly miss_d a great stone threwn at him Whether he was in his House or carriage I knew not We were obliged to have Servants sit up all night on tuesday with illuminations, & M=r= Wilkes was very mercifull in his orders or it had been worse I will send y=e= [\TEAR\] y=e= skin on wensday.
[\ADDRESS\] To / M=rs= Scott / Miles Court / Bath