I beg leave to introduce to your favorable attentions Mr Douglass Strutt an English gentleman who proposes passing the winter at Rome. Any one can show him the monuments of the illustrious dead but I would willingly give him the means of becoming acquainted with the illustrious living. Mr Strutt is charged with the commission of asking you what has become of the inimitable bust of Lord Byron which has been some time finished in your hands & which I was in hopes would have arrived in England more than a year ago. I have repeatedly heard from Lord Byron on the subject & he has assured me that the bust was on its road to this country. I am extremly eager to be possessed of so great a treasure.
If you should have any friend coming to England I hope you will condescent to favor me with a letter. I shall be happy to be of whatever service to him a native can be to a foreigner in this country. It will always give me sensible pleasure to hear of your health & prosperity.
I beg to remain your most hu[m]ble
& faithful serva[n]t
John C. Hobhouse
The Chevalier Thorvaldsen
London. September. 1820.