From Forest House, Leytonstone, Essex. She has been a long time in answering Fletcher's request for a copy of the inscriptions placed on the Bosanquet family monuments. The fact is, she has been absent from home all Summer and has only just returned.
She trusts that Fletcher continues as well as when she last heard, although she would have wished that Fletcher's breast had quite healed.
The epitaph on the monument to William Bosanquet in Leytonstone Church [see MAM FL/1/7/21] reads as follows:
"Lo where Samaria's son with pity glows, binds up the stranger's wounds and soathes his woes. Ask not his kindred, nor from whence he came, But hears distress, and hearing owns its claims. Though priest and Levite pass unheeding by, Christ marks the deed, and calls it charity. Such were his actions, whom this stone records, And such, O I doubt not, are their high rewards".
There follows biographical details.
The epitaph was written by her youngest son [John] Bernard.
There follows a detailed transcript of the epitaph and other details inscribed over the Bosanquet family vault.
- Mary Fletcher died six weeks before this letter was written, on September 15 1815.