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From Mary Whittingham at Gamlinghay near Potten, Bedfordshire to [Mary Fletcher]. Whittingham was on a visit to her dear mother [Fletcher's sister Anna-Maria Gaussen] a few weeks ago and has the pleasure to inform Fletcher that she found her in very good health. When Whittingham came there, her mother gave her the parcel that Fletcher had sent for her. The silk has furnished her with some very handsome gowns. 'The baby things ... are extremely neat'. She is ashamed that she has neglected so far to send her thanks for so useful and elegant a present, but hopes that Fletcher will be kind enough to excuse the lapse as she has been hindered by many little family matters.

Whittingham and her family are all doing very well. Her daughter Marianne/Maryanne is almost old enough to send on her own regards, while little Sammy is old enough to run about on his own, and has done so for the last three months.

They hope that these few lines find Mr [John] Fletcher in good health.

Whittingham hopes that she will one day meet her dear aunt in the flesh, but if this does not happen, then God will cause them to meet in the Kingdom above.

Her husband [Richard] sends his respects