Scope and Content

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

Their brother [Samuel] would have written with regard to these financial matters, but he had a fall from his horse a week last Wednesday. He is however making good progress. [Samuel] had struck his forehead on the ground, which strained his neck so much that for some days he was unable to lift his head without the aid of a neckcloth around his forehead and pinned to the back of a chair. Now however he can raise his head pretty well as long as he rests it against the back of his chair from time to time. He also finds that too much talking gives him an headache. They have procured the services of a very good surgeon who has advised quiet and avoidance of meat for a few days.

William trusts that Mary's health has bore up well during this unusually severe winter.