From John Stockdale
Piccadilly 22nd. Febry. 1788.
I duly received your three Letters, but owing to the alterations I have been making in my house, by enlarging my Shop &c. has prevented me for this two Months past of paying that respect to you, and attention to my business that it required. But I have now got the Shop in excellent order and my business in a proper train, tho’ I am a little discomposed by having been complained of by the House of Commons for having published what they deem a Lible, they have order’d me to be prosecuted. I have sent your Copper Plate this day and next week I hope to send you all the Books order’d. I am with great respect Sir Your much obliged & very humble Servt.,
RC (MHi); TJ listed the following on the verso:
“Grandison Bell’s Shakesp. after 32. 46 49. Coke after 4th part 395. Priestl. biogr & pamphlet. Observer. by Cumberland. Nature displayed. Reviews.” There is a check mark before each of these items, except “Grandison.”