Stamped: None
Postmark: None
Seal: None
Watermarks: Partial: crown over the figure of a woman


MS: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: Ashcombe Collection, II. 7
Published: Undetermined


I take the liberty to make my usual request that you will be so good as let your servant take me a place on the Bath two day Post Coach which sets out next Thursday Morning /June 5/ at 8 o clock – please to let him say I shall be taken up at the White Horse Piccadilly[1] and they must let me know what time to be there You will favour me with a line directed to me at Mr. Wilberforce’s Clapham Common[2]

I shall come to town next Monday and shall be glad if you can do me the favour of calling on me in the Adelphi[3] either at three o clock or Six as I am making some changes in my plan which it is not easy to explain by letter

I am Sir Yr. Obedt
H More


The White Horse Inn was at 170-1 Piccadilly. It was demolished around 1806, having stood for at least two hundred years. For further information see: (‘The White Horse Inn, Picadilly’ on British History Online.)


Wilberforce lived at Broomfield Lodge on Clapham Common. The house was next to the Thorntons’ home at Battersea Rise, and the Grants’ at Glenelg. Anne Stott notes that, because Henry Thornton had desired ‘no dividing walls or fences’ the three houses ‘formed, in effect, a single unit’, with the children of the three families playing ‘in each others’ gardens’. See Stott, Wilberforce: Family and Friends (pp. 120-1).


The home of Eva Garrick. More had resided there for a time during David Garrick’s life, and visited his widow frequently into the early 1800s.