Scope and Content

From H. Yate in Totnes to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. A variety of circumstances have occurred which would have rendered his writing to Fletcher before this time, very unsatisfactory and irksome. Mrs Patrick has mentioned the reasons that occasioned Yate's delay in writing to her - and all of these were applicable even more so, to Fletcher. He knows that Fletcher would prefer Yate to be calm and collected when writing a letter and this would not have been the case as he has been travelling daily and 'suffering from that languor so usually the concomitant of persons in my situation.' However, today he has felt free from every bodily unease and has been quite alone: he has therefore determined to write to Fletcher to express thanks for her kind attention when Yate was lying ill in Madeley. Fletcher's anxiety for Yate's well-being was the occasion of the many visits that Fletcher made to his bedside, even though Fletcher's own health was impaired. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail, with regard to Yate's desire for a complete reformation.

Yate's health has taken a turn for the better within the last few days. He has been ordered by a physician in this town to stay indoors during the winter and his confinement has already begun. Yate certainly has reason to hope that he will recover, but wishes not to be over-confident.

His friend Mason has asked him to assure Fletcher that he was very obliged for the present, which he likes and approves of very much. Yate will soon lose his company as he to go to London in less than a fortnight and will not return until February. However, he is well provided with books to fend off the boredom.

Yate hopes that Fletcher's health will allow her to write him a letter