Letter

Scope and Content

From [Forest House, Leytonstone, Essex]. Bosanquet has just now received Fletcher's kind letter of enquiry after [William Bosanquet]. She is very sorry to report that he is extremely ill. His legs are considerably swollen and although they tried cabbage leaves in an attempt to draw off water, there has been no improvement. 'He had them sacrificed [ie the leaves removed] the beginning of last week, the [unreadable word] quantity of water that ran from them surprised me, but since the orifices have closed, considerable inflammation has taken place in both his legs, which I fear is very alarming, they are poulticed twice a day with yeast of oatmeal & he takes a bark draught every four hours. They were rather less inflamed when Dr Pitt dressed them this morning, but I fear his disorders have too fast hold ever to expect his recovery'. Fletcher should rest assured that Bosanquet will do everything possible to make him comfortable and cannot express the anxiety that she feels on his account. If it pleases God to take him, his will be the loss of a dear kind friend. She is afraid that she does not feel as resigned as a Christian ought. Since the loss of Fletcher's other brother [Samuel senior - Bosanquet's husband], William has done his utmost to make her happy and she had hoped that as the younger of the two, he would outlive her. She trusts however that God will support her and that they will all meet again in God's own time. Spiritual matters are further discussed.

Bosanquet is seldom away from William's side and he is obviously comforted by her presence. His breathing is at times much oppressed.

In a postscript, she adds that it is some comfort that William says he is without pain but he does suffer from extreme nervous agitation .