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From Tiverton, Devon, to Susanna Wesley at Wootan Rivers, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, advising his mother not to leave her present residence with Westley Hall and her daughter Patty, where by her own admission she is treated well. To return to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (the residence of Emily Wesley), would be unwise as she was unhappy there.

He is sure that her good treatment will continue, if only so that Patty can cast Samuel in a bad light 'for letting such a mother go'. It would also be a comfort for her to know that when her final moment comes, there will be a clergyman 'your own son-in -law' close by.