Letter

Scope and Content

From Golden Place at Kennington in Surrey. ‘I hope you will accept a few lines from a son [who] tho advanced in years , is but a child in grace’. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail. Horsman was convinced [of sin] by Fletcher’s ministry and he believes that God is now quickening his work in his soul. Horsman humbly begs an interest in Fletcher’s prayers, and also for his wife and children that they may all experience God’s pardoning love. He believes that he mentioned in a previous letter that they have three sons and three daughters; the girls are all ‘serious’; the eldest is married, the second is a very pious young woman (who is to be married shortly to a pious young man who is a local preacher at Southampton), and the youngest girl ‘promises to be a blessing to us’. His three sons are not convinced of their ‘fall’. The eldest is an assistant surgeon to Dr William Broadrip esq. of Bristol, the second [John] is an apprentice compositor to Mr Woodfall the printer, ‘who has had some light but has quenched it by grieving the spirit of God’, and the youngest boy is an apprentice in a worthy pious family. He is a dutiful child and his parents have hopes that he will be ‘serious’.

They have been greatly disappointed with regard to the annuity which was promised last March. Mr Herve[?] the [unreadable word] of the charity says that there are insufficient funds, but that Horsman will be an annuitant when resources allow. Their friends have been very kind and have given seven shillings a week for the last fortnight, since when Horsman has also been collecting for the Strangers’ Friend Charity, for which he gets six pence in the pound. He will have this work to do for about another two weeks after which he is ‘called by faith to live upon the promises of a faithfull promising God’.

Horsman’s wife is with their married daughter who is pregnant[?]. All the family are in good health.

Mr Whitmore junior was making a trip into Shropshire and called upon Horsman to offer any favours he could do in that county. Horsman gave him a letter. Whitmore also informed him that Fletcher has been very ill but was now believed to be out of danger.

Whitmore also gave Horsman a one pound note after enquiring into his circumstances.

His wife joins in sending regards.