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From Henry Thornton in Bognor [Regis], Sussex, to [Mary Fletcher]. The delay that has taken place in answering Fletcher's letter was occasioned chiefly by Thornton having correspondence with their mutual friend Mr [Melville] Horne concerning this subject.

Thornton now encloses a bank note for £10, which Fletcher should spend on alleviating the wants of the poor in her vicinity during the next winter season. He wishes Fletcher to be the agent of this charity 'as I am persuaded that what may pass through your hands into theirs will not only conduce to the relief of their temporal wants, but also to the furtherance of those more important ends in the promotion of which I understand your life to have been spent'