21 Jul 1816
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Clennell commenced a group portrait of the banquet at London's Guildhall in 1814, which was supposed to mark the end of the Naploeonic Wars. He became depressed in 1817, with the work still unfinished, and thereafter descended into insanity.
Clennell mentions a miserable day trip he and his wife had taken to Richmond. He cautions Ranson about making a work he had on hand too large. Clennell says his picture goes on very well, and he visits Westminster every day. He describes himself, with emphasis, as "steady", but is now "as sick as a dog." He passes on some items of domestic news and asks to be remembered to [Thomas] Bewick.
Hole where wax seal has been removed, with resultant loss of text.