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From Tadcaster to his mother Mrs Martha Bardsley (to be collected at the house of William Wild, the lower end of Jackson's Row, Manchester). This is to inform her that he received her letter when he was in Hull. He is pleased that she seems more content than previously - may the Lord increase her peace for Christ's sake.

She informed him of the deaths of two of his friends. Eight lines of a poem are transcribed, the first line of which reads 'Lo, the prisoners are released'. Bardsley wishes that he may be sufficiently favoured to meet with them in his father's kingdom.

He hopes that these lines find her in good health. Since he last wrote, he has been as well as can be expected and is particularly well today.

Spiritual matters are discussed with particular regard to the favours that the Lord has conferred upon him, such as health of body and peace of mind. 'I trust my dear mother that you are considering the shortness of time="that" in a little time you must pay that debt that every mortal owes="Oh" that God may prepare you for that awful charge'. Spiritual matters are further discussed.

His love should be passed to his brother Jon [John or Jonathan] and to his sister. His blessing should also be passed on to the children of Abram [missing surname] and his wife, to Robert and Betty [Elizabeth] and the rest of the family, to Uncle Isaiah and his wife. His blessing should also be given to Adam Balshaw's boy (Bardsley's godson) and his love to Brother [in the Methodist sense] William Wild. Bardsley is grateful that Wild wrote on his mother's behalf. His love should also be passed to Thomas and Mary Harwood and she should tell them that he hopes that their loss will be their daughter's eternal gain. He should also be remembered to Nancy Barns [Barnes?] - he hopes that she is earnest for salvation. God will be an husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless. His 'service' should be passed to Mr and Mrs Gilpin, Mr and Mrs Armstrong and his love to Mrs Hardman and all the neighbours that enquire after him. His love should also be given to Frank and the other members of Bardsley's class.

In a postscript, he adds that he has placed under this seal the sum of 5 shillings and 3 pence that a friend of his, a gentlewoman of Hull, gave to him. He is sending it to his mother - she should not mention it to his brother.

She should ask Mr Wild to reply for her. Letters should be sent to Bardsley at the house of Mr Abraham Howden in Tadcaster near York.