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From Rebecca Gwynne [in Chesterfield Street, London] to Sarah Wesley at the house of Marmaduke Gwynne junior in Brecon. She was pleased to hear of the Wesleys' safe arrival, and hopes that Samuel 'is pleased with his situation', and is feeling the benefit of a change of air. Their taking of the Hereford road must have come as a pleasant surprise to [Joan?] Price, who must be rather worried about Marmaduke Gwynne junior, as indeed is Rebecca. Mrs Cormes has asked that Sarah be informed of the safe arrival of her son in law in Plymouth after being chased by French [privateers] for three days and nights. He wishes to see his wife as soon as possible, and has asked that she bring a copy of their marriage certificate with her. As for the Wesleys' house the beds have been washed and the chimneys swept. On Monday the window frames are to be painted and the drains looked at. Harley and the rabbits are well, but 'poor puss is very bad and looks most deplorable', although not from lack of care by Mrs Cormes. Lady Austen called to ask after the Wesleys. She had a dish of tea with Rebecca and then they took a walk together in Priors Gardens. Rebecca is returning her call this afternoon. Miss Heath's condition has worsened, and Mrs Arnold's sufferings are apparently almost at an end. [Elizabeth] Waller is quite well at present. In a postscript she mentions that she is writing from the Wesleys' house [in Chesterfield Street], 'with poor puss sitting on my lap'.