Letter

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From Forest House, [Leytonstone, Essex]. Fletcher's brother William received a kind letter from Fletcher in April 'conferring a message to me concerning a prophecy; I thank you for the account'.

She is afraid that there is little hope of peace in Europe at present. She admits that the general appearance of things does raise some hope that the 'poor disressed nations on the continent, may relieve themselves in some degree from the great oppressor [Napoleon], but it must be through a sea of blood. If the present evils are sent for the correction of mankind…one should hope it might have a good effect upon the morals of the inhabitants of the earth; as yet I do not see the reform begin; there are doubtless very many good people on the earth & for their sakes nations may be spared - [many] great cities…have & still are subject to much luxury & vice, and where there are so great a multitude of inhabitants vice will ever abound. London is grown too large for our island; but having so good a king [George III] to preside over us, I trust for his sake, our nation will as yet be spared…'

It is a long time since they met and Bosanquet is anxious to call on Fletcher. Had it pleased God to prolong the life of her dear husband Samuel, they would have visited her but it was not to be. Bosanquet is hoping to be in Fletcher's vicinity at the beginning of next August with William [Bosanquet] and one of Mrs Francks's daughters. They would probably be able to spend a night or two at the inn in Coalbrookdale and from there to Fletcher for a visit. She shall write when more is known.

They have got Fletcher's portrait from the person who drew it for the purpose of issuing a print. 'I can hardly fancy you are grown so [unreadable word] as that has made you, but hope to be a judge by seeing you in person'. Bosanquet would gladly carry out any favours which Fletcher may need doing in London.

William sends his love.

In a postscript she mentions that her children are well. [Samuel junior] is presently in Monmouthshire with his family, visiting Dingestow [Court], the estate which Bosanquet's dear husband Samuel senior purchased thirty [or possibly fifty] years ago.