Letter

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From Leeds. She often reflects with 'comfort and profit' on the visit that she made to Fletcher and [Mary] Tooth. She is keen to hear how Fletcher's health is and particularly whether the complaint in her breast continues. Dickinson has often felt much afflicted with the thought that she may never see her friend again in this life. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

'Since my return home, I have often felt my house a Bethel, in meeting with the people, and in hearing God's word…'

Her poor son Benjamin is still a daily source of grief and yet she still feels encouraged sometimes to believe that the Lord will deliver him from the hands of the enemy.

Her oldest son has a weakness in one knee which she hopes will be sanctified to the good of his soul. Her six other children are all reasonably well.

[Anne] Tripp has often been unwell but is better at present.