Keswick. April 4. 1812
My dear friend
I am perfectly ashamed xx at finding it possible that in a matter of business I should have committed such a blunder, – forgotten it I had not, but had supposed April was the month for payment instead of March.  Thank you for this kindness among many others – I shall be able to replace the sum, & also to remit you 100£ toward the discharge of my debt, from the Register  of this year, – which is more than half printed, & will probably appear in June, – th at least if it be delayed beyond that time it will not be by me.
A Memoir of Mr Walpole  will be in time, – if no time be lost about it. – but as it must appear as a Memoir (for the Chronicle is printed, & the list of deaths is a mere list, it should contain something more than an account of his private merits: how far the history of his public conduct may be divulged, you best know. All I can say is that in remembrance of some civilities receivd from him & Mrs W.  – as well as from that kind of feeling concerning Lisbon, which now begins to be a melancholy one, & which you can very well understand, I should not only be willing but gratified by showing him this mark of respect to his memory. the politics of his time form precisely that part of the hist: of Portugal with which I am least acquainted. But with respect to one matter which was of considerable importance at the time, & must always be so while we have factories in Catholic countries, (that of the attempt to admit xx Catholics into the factory)  I possess my Uncle’s papers. – I should take this opportunity of making the funeral oration of the factory,  – will you therefore have the goodness to transcribe for me that dedication of Tindals which you once pointed out to me in a volume of his Rapin.  – You may perceive that in the act of replying to your proposal, the xxx sketch has formed itself in my mind. –
Yrs ever affectionately
 Nicholas Tindal (1687–1774; DNB), historical writer and translator. He produced a fifteen volume translation of Rapin de Thoyras’s (1661–1725) History of England (1725–1731) and a Continuation of Mr. Rapin’s History of England (1744–1745). The ‘dedication’ might be a reference to Tindal’s address to Frederick, Prince of Wales (1707–1751; DNB), in volume 2 of the second edition of the History (1732). This was reprinted in Gentleman’s Magazine, 3 (1733), 356–357, where it was commended for not ‘offering the false Incense of Adulation’, but expressing itself in ‘Plainness and Truth, which is becoming a Freeman and an Englishman.’ The Prince rewarded Tindal with 40 guineas and a gold medal. BACK