Manuscript letter: Lady Torrington is sad to hear of Owen's "affliction" and hopes that he was at home when the "melancholy event took place." She informs him that Lord Torrington has been gravely ill for the past 14 months, the last 7 months confined to his bed. His suffering has been great and it is likely he will not be around for much longer. One of her daughters is also in a "delicate state," which adds to her sorrows.
On a brighter note, James, Owen's godson, is doing well and she recounts his good character.