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From Leeds. Reference is made to the pain which Fletcher experiences when writing. Dickinson is tolerably well at present, although she has suffered because of the pain being felt by many of her friends. Dickinson's niece who was left a widow with eight children, had just reached the point where her eldest son, a youth of eighteen, had become very useful in business. The lad was out riding when his horse fell on him and both man and animal were killed on the spot. His poor mother's distress was worse than anything Dickinson had ever experienced before. She stayed with her for four days and was strengthened by God to urge the poor woman to look to Jesus in the hope that her son's soul had found mercy.

Dickinson's children are all in tolerable health. She trusts that the greater part of them desire to live with God, but there are still some of them who do not see the danger clearly. Spiritual matters are discussed.

She has been much encouraged by a pleasing dream which she had of her husband [Abraham]. He assured her that she had done well, that he had finished with the world and would not have anything more to do with it on any account, for the happiness of adoring the saviour was beyond words. Dickinson wished to go with him, but he answered that her time was not yet come.

They are greatly blessed with the preachers - they are united in spirit and the Lord blesses their labours. 'Sinners are awakened and numerous converted and numbers athirst for holiness of heart and life'. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail - the following verses from Psalm 32 came into her mind during her time of trial "Thou art a place to hide me in…I will guide thee with my eye".

Dickinson was pleased that Fletcher has been able to get out among the people.

[Anne] Tripp has been very sick but is now better.