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From Leeds. Dickinson was pleased to hear via [Anne] Tripp that Fletcher's health was better than when she wrote last.

For the last three months, Dickinson has been busy with visiting the sick and afflicted. Four have died from her class - all in the Lord. About eight weeks ago she was going to spend some time in the country with her daughter Mrs Martin, when she met her husband [William Martin] on the way. His horse had fallen and he had broken his arm, but he is now nearly recovered. After this their little girl had a fever. At this time of great concern, Dickinson feels that God has been by her side. She has had many opportunities of meeting with 'pious souls and feel an increasing delight in the Lord…'

She is this day going to attend the funeral of an old friend William Brigg, who has been a member of the society for about forty years and is the father of the wife of Dickinson's son Benjamin. He was aged 71. Brigg's poor wife is currently confined to her bed after a fall from a horse broke two of her ribs and was been unable to see him during his final illness, which only lasted a few days.

Dickinson was with Brigg's widow yesterday, who said that the 'Lord had powerfully applied these words to her mind, cast thy burden on the Lord and he will sustain thee. I left her much composed and more resigned to the will of God'.

[Anne] Tripp sends her love - her sight is much better.