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From London, to J F at Madeley, Shropshire, concerning Fletcher's recent illness, which was falsely reported to be terminal, although Charles did not believe it. Fletcher's 'stay at Bristol might have been more beneficial to you, but all is well'.

Fletcher is apparently following the sixth commandment [Thou shalt not kill] with regard to his health. Charles's father hastened his end by returning to work too soon after an illness.

It should be possible to persuade Miss Johnson to visit Fletcher at Madeley.

Charles was so disheartened by Fletcher's departure from Bristol, that for a while he found it impossible to pray for him.

Charles has recovered after his late journey but does not expect to 'weather another winter'.

His family send their best wishes.