From Elizabeth Waller in Marylebone, London, to Sarah Wesley in Charles Street, Bristol. She had intended writing to Charles and Sarah immediately after her arrival here, to thank them for allowing her and her son Tom to stay in the Wesleys' [London?] house, but a violent headache made it impossible.
Elizabeth found the Wesley home in good order with the beds well aired, and the furniture cleaner than she has ever seen it. The maid said that the family who stayed here left the furniture in a dirty state, and Betty from the Foundery said the same. The maid seems to take good care of their things, and has shown Elizabeth some table linen etc, which has gone yellow. Elizabeth will use them, which should restore them to a good colour, before they are locked away.
Their sister Rebecca Gwynne should arrive here on Thursday.
James Waller arrived here last night having left their daughter Rebecca in good spirits at Mr Hardwick's house. She has had the [smallpox?] 'very thick indeed…Her nose is less, but when her eye brows and lashes are grown, it will make a material difference in her looks'. They have good reason to be thankful that she is still alive, and has not apparently been left with weak eyes. Elizabeth thinks that she was wrong not to wear a mask, as she was urged to do by her friends.
Many people think that Rebecca 'is now something like me', but James says that Elizabeth had the smallpox ten times worse.
Mrs Footit sends her regards.
Tom says that he will be glad when the harpsichord arrives, and will answer Sally's letter as soon as possible.
In a postscript Elizabeth passes on Nanny's love to Charles.
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