Letter

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From Bishopsgate Street, London, to Madeley, Shropshire. Financial details are discussed with regard to Mary's income from annuities.

He does not know if Mary is aware that Samuel junior's father-in-law [James] Whatman died about a month ago. He had been unwell with the gout for a fortnight before his condition worsened to the point of death. Mrs [Susannah] Whatman is as well as can be expected.

[Their brother William Bosanquet] had a most lucky escape the week before last. He had been returning from Salthill in a chair with Mr Mellish and [Peter] Pole, Sir Charles's eldest son [Sir Charles Pole, bart., of Wolverton, Hants], when they were attacked by footpads on Hounslow Heath. Pistols were fired into the chair despite the fact that no resistance was offered. Mr Mellish was struck in the head by the last shot and died six days later on the 7th, Mr Pole was scorched by the pistol flash and William escaped unhurt. William was most upset and attended on Mr Mellish for two days until his family arrived. Mellish was a young widower who has left behind a two year old daughter. William has got over the experience pretty well now.