Letter

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From London. The mercy of God has saved him from a harsh climate [West Africa] and the perils of a nine week voyage during a stormy season. His health and spirits are reasonable, much better than he would have believed possible.

He reached London last Sunday and would have written sooner except that he is extremely busy and has barely a minute even to write to his dear [wife] Nelly. Horne also wished to have time to converse with [Henry] Thornton and explore whether he would or could be offered a living which he might exchange with [Samuel] Walters [the incumbent of Madeley]. He has however had little conversation with him and seen nothing which would justify that hope. Thornton did ask him in a very ‘pointed manner’ whether he had any views on a ‘settlement’ and said that he would speak further with him on the subject, but Horne fears that his only suggestion will be a voyage to India. If that proves to be the case, Horne will emphatically say no, for many reasons which Horne will explain when he sees Fletcher.

He will not make any commitments until providence certainly shuts the door in the face of a return to Madeley. Looking at the situation, he feels the only chance, is if he can offer Walters another benefice in exchange, one which would be financially better for Walters than his present appointment. No salary however handsome, would weigh with Horne.

‘I left my poor flock in the simplicity of my heart to obey what I thought a divine call, & as I now see my error, I shd if God permitted, rejoice, to shew them that I seek neither money nor popularity; but am desirous of spending my days in piety & usefulness in the peaceable obscurity of Madeley’.

He hopes to receive a swift reply at his Aunt Horne’s, as he does not leave the capital until Wednesday next.