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From Rebecca Spilsbury at Mrs Tighe's house near Wicklow, Ireland, to Sarah Wesley in Chesterfield Street, London, informing her of their safe arrival in Ireland.

The house is full of young people and children. Every day they go bathing in the sea, and there is always something interesting to do.

Maria is in high spirits, but in the last few days has been ill with the chickenpox.

John Wesley has been here for two days, and preached in Mrs Tighe's hall and at the Sessions House.

Reference is made to 'public disputes and confusion'.

In a postscript she describes travelling through beautiful countryside in North Wales on the way to Holyhead.

On the reverse of the above is a letter to Sally Wesley, describing the admiration she has for Mrs Tighe, and the beautiful situation of Tighe's house.

Sally's brother Charles should be told that Maria has several times entertained the guests with her playing, and her rendition of modern pieces, including one by Schobert(?), is particularly impressive.

Mr Sandy is an admirer of Charles's second concerto.

The young ladies and visitors have a music(?) teacher from Dublin. Spilsbury gave them Charles's 'two little lessons', and they seemed pleased 'but their master is not to see them'. n.d [Jun 1789]