extreme true kindness in
writing me so affectionate a letter,
when dear Lucy was so ill
was gratifying to
I have now heard from Mrs. Macaulay that she is doing well,
you are under some anxiety for the valuable health of Mrs. Inglis. This gives me great concern
which I am sure you will remove, if you can, by informing me that she is better. Her
life is so important not only to the more intimate companion of her joys and
sorrows, but to all his adopted family that I
cannot think of any serious illness befalling her without taking the deepest
interest in it.
I have frequently lamented that one of the
worst effects of sickness or sorrow is, that it is apt to induce selfishness,
but on this occasion I have not realized my own idea.
I have received about a hundred letters full of
kindness and condolence, and many of them, of piety – but I have felt myself
utterly unable to answer them – You will be so kind as make this true apology to
any friends who may think themselves neglected.
My health has been very bad, and neither
body or mind has yet made much progress, the former I hope is most in fault, for
I bless God my mind is I trust unrepining and
but it is still very weak. I am forbid by my
Doctor to see company, for which I am
I have no heart to see any but two or
three particular friends in my own room – for talking brings back the
complaint in my chest.
Your excellent Mr. Dealtry kindly
promises to come to see me from
I hope it will not be
till I am much better, as I should be sorry to see him only for an
hour in my chamber which is all I can yet do.
It is grievous too
that Lord and Lady
Teignmouth should be at
Clifton at this time –
It is many years that we both looked forward to seeing those dear
friends for a few days, and [deletion] now I can so little profit by their
neighbourhood is painful to me.
I spare myself entering on the details of her four dying days – They were exquisitely painful;
blessed be God, the trial was not long, and every interval of
reason exhibited. the strength of her faith and the resignation of her
 – She cast herself entirely on the mercies of God, and the
merits of a crucified Saviour. I believe never was an obscure individual more
generally lamented – this is only gratifying as it bears such a testimony to her
worth. The kindness of the good is very soothing, but real consolation must come
from a higher source.
She has left the chief part of her property to charities and small legacies to a few
friends, All to be paid after my death among the latter little expressions of
affection, she has left you fifty pounds and her Go[dau]ghter [tear] Lucy twenty –
I suppose you know all
the Wilberfor[ces] [tear] were here, and that
she went to
with them the very day
her mortal seizure attacked her!
W – alone, came and most kindly staid a day
I hope the bathing was of service to all – I am glad dear Bella is so renovated.
My affectionate love
to all not forgetting the Ancient Barton
Assure Mr. and Mrs. Inglis of my most cordial esteem and attachment.
I hope to hear from you at your leisure
especially till Mrs. I. is
Macaulay and Selina kindly
promise to come to relieve my Solitude soon
My complaint in my eyes must
apologize for this scrawl – This complaint is doubtless sent as a fresh weaning
and warning. The sight is not affected, thank God.
– We can pray
for each other, and prayer is one of the last Offices of friendship – Dear Patty had long been much in prayer, and thought (tho she
never owned it to me) that her summons was at no great distance. May we all be
united to her and your beloved parents in God’s own time