Letter from Will[ia]m Ault, 'Ethiopic Ocean [South Atlantic Ocean] South Lat[itude] 31-1[?] West Lon[itude] 29-28' to Revd Tho[ma]s Wood, Methodist Chapel, Deptford [Kent]

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Explains last letter was unfinished as the boat was departing. Lists books required and suggests where some could be purchased - Dr Coke, through Mr Holloway, will pay. All in good health. The Perseverance returning to England now and should be joining fleet carrying letters. Since he last wrote has found amongst Mrs Ault [nee Sarah Bretnall] papers a 'meditation' which thinks should be reproduced in the [Methodist] Magazine as it gives an indication of her thoughts and piety. Transcribes these lines.

Recounts that when he was still in England, last December, he was asked to account by Mr [Thomas] Blanshard to the Committee for the cost of the mission with Dr Coke assisting him. Notes in detail the sums and colleagues involved. Believes the fatigue of preparing for the journey contributed to his wife's death.

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