I feel a little ashamed of my own impetuosity and selfishness, that
in the first burst of sorrow for our lamented friend H. Thornton I should /mix/ any regret for my petty concerns, as they regarded my poor, with the sorrow of heart which I shared
It has however given occasion to the exercise of your generous and Christian liberality,
and I thank you most cordially in the name of hundreds for your kind and seasonable
Death has again been thinning the ranks of my beloved friends. Mrs. Porteus has followed her dear Bishop, I trust to the land of everlasting rest. She was to me a faithful and attached friend
for 35 Years, and one of that sure and steady character that, in that long period,
I never experienced from her a wry word; /or a cold look. I always spent June with them./
She had been thro life the healthiest Woman I ever knew, and her fine person and sound
health gave you no idea of age.
She taken, and I spared! Such is the dispensation of infinite wisdom!
Your dear Robert spent the day with us on Wednesday.
He came without his Mentor, who
had a cold, but not without a wise and pious Guide.
Our friend Dunn was of the party, who by the way has never bestowed a single night on
Barley Wood, tho so long in our neighbourhood with friends quite new compared to me. I am not
jealous however but glad he spent his time so much more pleasantly.
I was much pleased with your Son whom I drew out to take a little more share in the
conversation, as far as related to the present state of the world, and he expressed
himself well, and with accuracy and pleased me by taking a lively interest in what
is going on.
Dear Mr. Dunn did not give a very good account of your health and
your letter does not mend that account, which grieves me much. I think you have judged very wisely,
as you are not very stout, to abridge your
Dunn gave me great delight in the report he makes of the progress of mind and growth
in piety of your dear daughter. You have laid an excellent foundation, of which I trust the superstructure will
be altogether worthy. She will, I am persuaded make a strong character. You have now
had time to form her to good habits which will be of incalculable importance to her
future character and happiness.
H. Bowdler declines interfering, but says /again/ the Gisborne’s are the proper people if any assurance is necessary, which she does not think will
be the case; but she does not /see/ the strong prejudices of her brother as I, and others see them.
How menacing are the times! and how portentous the prospect! The iniquities of the
Amorites are not yet full. Our own country wants sifting, and
France a strong correction. – Poor Lady Wellington! her brother killed, and her other hero sent again to oppose the Armed Banditti. It is well for us that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
He who stilleth the waves can still the madness of the people
; and can break
the Rod of his anger when that rod has done its work.
Patty, who is in very poor health
does remember you with the warmest and most grateful affection and joins me in best wishes
to Miss Sparrow and Mr. Obins. – Dunn agreed with us in liking a certain dignitary better than his
chere Moitié –
The letter is dated on the basis of the postmarks and context.
Henry Thornton had died on 16 January 1815. His death was a great shock to his evangelical
More had contacted Henrietta Bowdler in order to elicit her support in persuading
Bowdler’s father John to allow the preparation of a memoir of his recently-deceased son, also John.
A reference to a heathen tribe of the Bible, descended from the Canaanites - an idolatrous
race punished by God through the delivery of their lands to the Israelites. In scripture
the term Amonite is often used interchangeably with Canaanite.
After Napoleon’s arrival in Paris the governments of the countries allied against
the French requested Wellington take command of the forces in the Netherlands. This
agreement was reached around the date of More’s letter, indicating how well More kept
up with current affairs.
More uses here a slightly tongue-in-cheek way to say ‘his darling wife’.