|Dear Sir.||Decr 18/86|
I have often wished, since I came here into the Country, to fancy I could find a time when I might suppose you at leisure & Liberty having a few daies that you might pass in the Country. Christmass is a kind of Saturnalia when, for a week or ten daies, nothing but eating drinking & gambolling about is done in London I wish to seize this interval to claim a kind of promise You made me to come & pass a few daies with me & Mrs Pownall in our Country Retirement. & I will venture to ask the favor of You & Mrs Adams & Miss to do us the honor of coming this Christmass to us at Everton. We are but 49 miles from London, & about seven hours post—You can come between an early breakfast & dinner. In return for the pleasure You will do us we will endeavour to make the Christmass as pleasant to You as our house & neighbourhood will afford.
The Earl of Scarb’rough, nephew to the late Sr George Saville, has been here with me & leaves me today: & hearing me say I wished his frank to You, desires me to give him my Letter, that by carrying to You himself he might, without the Ceremony of a formal presentation, take an occassion of makng himself known to you & of knowing You.
I will hope a favorable Answer & am Dr Sir / Yr most Obede / & most humble / Sert
My address is Govr Pownall Everton House near Biggleswade