From Bishopsgate Street, London, to Madeley, Shropshire. Financial matters are discussed in detail with regard to subscriptions for [John] Fletcher's book.
William has no part to play in the selection of Aldermen and he is therefore unable to assist Mr Dornford. 'I have not the pleasure of knowing him, but I know that he is a great speaker in the city [of London] meetings & generally makes very long speeches'.
Their brother [Samuel] and his wife [Eleanor] set off with [their son] Charles for Lyons tomorrow morning. William is to stay at home to look after the business and 'their country affairs'. He was obliged for the invitation from Mary and [John] Fletcher and would be happy to accept but is afraid that his commitments in London would not permit a long absence.
He was pleased to discover that [Mary and Fletcher] have both escaped the fever and he is sure that the poor people must be greatly obliged to them for their visits to the sick and their financial generosity.
Mary will have already heard from Samuel about Mr Wright's money and he will not therefore refer to it. Financial details are further discussed.