Mr Branston has applied to me on
your account to make some designs from the Farmer's Boy and, presuming that he
has your authority for the application, I have furnished him with one to begin.
I have no doubt of his executing them very well. I write this particularly for
the purpose of advising you to reject the present frontispiece and to substitute
a new one, because the Poem all thro is a simple and faithful picture of English
scenery and English character, and the figure of the Farmer's Boy, wherever
introduced in the illustrations should be an English figure and not a piping
shepherd of Arcadia. But I doubt not you have observed further, that the present
frontispiece, tho' skilfully engraved, is not contrived for printing with
effect. I shall expect your reply on this point. 
The plate I designed for Mr Branston and which I understand you have purchased, is from a
manuscript of mine which I shall be glad to dispose of as soon as finished or to
publish thro' your hands and take a due share of the results.
I am sir
Yr most obedt. Servt