Nothing should have caused me to /delay/ thanking you for your very interesting and kind letter but
a painful disorder in my eyes, not the sight but lids. For these 8 Weeks I have not read as many pages, and I ought not to write. When my eyes are better I hope to say more, and express my /interest in/ all your concerns, as nothing that relates to you can be indifferent to me.
You will see by the inclosed that I have embarked in another of my adventurous Sallies.
Will you /will/ have the goodness to circulate it
It pleases my heavenly Father to have spared me to a great age, to give me more time
for repentance and preparation.
Thro the piety and kindness of an excellent young Lady, a Niece to Lord Exmouth who almost lives with me, I am enabled to carry on
my numerous distant Schools,
Female friendly Societies &c. She is hands and eyes to me.
I see too much company, most of them indeed are among ‘
the excellent of the Earth' and such as delight in virtue. But I need more retirement.
I have just had an interesting Visit from from my excellent old friend the Archbishop of Dublin – we had not met for 20 years
Tomorrow I expect the Bishop of Bristol