Tunbridge, Apr. 30, 1792.
Your letter cannot but afford me great satisfaction. To be approved by men of acknowledged abilities, must be a flattering circumstance. I have read several of your poems with great pleasure; and the present you intend to make me, will be very acceptable. The book [Poems, chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall] is not yet come to my hands. I delayed answering your letter a few days, thinking I might receive it. But I was fearful lest a longer delay might have the appearance of neglect; and therefore I have resolved to acknowledge your favour previously to the receipt of the book, which, I have no doubt, will be a valuable addition to my little library.
Give me leave to thank you for this mark of your esteem, and believe me to be, with real respect, your obliged humble servant,