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From Bristol. They arrived here a few days ago. Ireland has been in reasonable health during the winter, except for ten days when he had a mild attack of his ‘old complaint’. His wife and children have also been well. She asks that her regards be passed on with the desire to see Fletcher. It seems to the Irelands that such a journey would be good for Fletcher, should she be inclined to have a change of air and occupy the room of their ‘dear glorified friend now sweetly engaged in the blessed employment of the saints around the throne’ [John Fletcher?]. He always felt at home here and was free to roam as he pleased - they would be pleased if she would do the same.

At Lyons he received fifty Louis d’or to be passed to Fletcher [from the estates in Switzerland of the Fletcher family], which is nearly £50 in English money. Her neighbour Mr Reynolds would probably pay her that money and then claim it back from the firm of Ireland and Wright. He will send a note to him for that purpose.

Fletcher’s dear brother [in-law] Henry de la Flechere is one of the most honourable men that he has met with, just like his dear brother. ‘He has done himself injustice to be generous to you but you are not to know it…’ Henry said that he will write to Fletcher soon.

Has [John] Wesley finished his biography of their dear friend [John Fletcher]? ‘What progress has Mr [Joshua] Gilpin made in his testimony?’

If Fletcher is not inclined to travel to Bristol, Ireland will pay a call on her as soon as possible. He did not stop in London. Has Fletcher had the picture [portrait of John Fletcher?]? and has she heard anything about the print taken from it? Mr de la Flechere is to send some papers soon via a Mr Mandroit who is expected this month in London.

Two years ago, Ireland bought for [John Fletcher] a fur coat to keep him warm. This, due to the neglect of a friend, was lost until some months ago and has just now been brought to them here. Their dear daughter Louisa, who was [John Fletcher’s] god-daughter and always had the highest regard and affection for him, was much affected on seeing the coat ‘& with a reflexion which astonished us all sd he stood in no want of such a coat before the Throne’.

Ireland wishes to hear from Fletcher as soon as it convenient. He would be happy to hear that all goes well at Madeley.