It is not easy for a man who does not know how to speak or write in French, to write a letter in this language without a grammar or dictionary. Oh well! he will take time to learn. and if you want to be irritated by reading letters of the greatest barbarity, here is your correspondent – you know I do not like the French language. it does not have the softness of Italian, nor the delicacy of Portuguese, nor the majesty of Spanish. French poetry is to my taste detestable – for an epigram, for a song, it is good enough. for an epic – for tragedy – holy God! what harmony. what a frightfully strange mouth is needed to pronounce it. A man of genius such as Voltaire – or the even greater Rousseau, will overcome the language. in fact in order to produce good work, a good worker is more valuable than good instruments.
You know of the arrangement that I have made with MessrsLongman & Rees for the works of Chatterton. my friend Rickman has drawn a view of the Church of St. Mary Redclift  for the frontispiece – it will be a beautiful engraving. but another will be required for the other volume, and Mr Duppa a knowledgeable artist, (perhaps you will have heard of the heads adapted from Michelangelo’s Last Judgment that he has published?)  has suggested to me that the best subject would be the view of the interior of the apartment in which the collection of supposed manuscripts was deposited. I make so bold as to beg you to make the drawing  – there is no need for me to excuse myself from soliciting humbly an act that can be called charitable. I think the antique chamber – and the old chest would also make a sufficiently pretty and very appropriate illustration.
The climate of my homeland is so execrable that today, in the spring, my hand shivers so much with the cold, notwithstanding I am so close to the fire that my legs are well roasted.
Believe me my friend that I
Unfortunately for the science of Galvani S. Patric did not leave one of these  – oh I am stupidly ignorant of this beast – what are they called? your friends – the little animals so slender and cold-blooded
The final treaty  is expected every day, every hour I can say. a friend  who has needlessly been waiting some weeks for a passport to France, has this morning received intelligence from the Immigration Office that he will be able to go in a few days without restrictions.
Have you read Schiller’s tragedy about Joan of Arc?  They say that La Pucelle a witch is in love with an English officer – ! Mr Cottle the great Poet – who first blew the epic trumpet, and since the Jewish trumpet  – at present is printing in his own press a new poem on a subject which is not so new, & has already been treated – it is a sermon
I am hoping in a little while to write passably in French – this was written without effort, with the same disregard of the laws of grammar that the first Consul  has demonstrated for all the other laws –
I have the honour to be – that is to say I am truly
& with regard
Here I have received a letter from our good friend Danvers – to which I will reply the day after tomorrow.