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ye 29=th= My Dear Sister
   I should have answered your letter letter [\SIC\] last post, but I have been a good deal engaged with attendance on M=r= Montagu who was taken ill of a little fever on this day sennight, he appeard very well in the morning, & was very merry with my Brother William who was that day to go to Winchester, we carried him in the Coach as far as Kingsclare, & then M=r= Montagu, D=r= Monsey & Your H=ble= Serv=t= went to see M=r= Cottington house, as we came down y=e= Hill M=r= Montagu found himself not well, but w=d= not let ye Doctor do any thing for him for four days; but at ye end of them said he w=d= now resign himself to y=e= management of the learned, for he found he could not get well without assistance. We hope the fever is quite off to day, & yesterday it was very slight, but he has a troublesome cough, however we hope he will be well enough to take y=e= air tomorrow & a few days [\air/] & exercise I hope will quite recover his strength & appetite which at present are deficient. M=r= Montagu thanks you for y=r= letter which is very obliging & will write you his acknowledgments when he is able. He was blooded two [\days/] ago but his blood was so thick it was difficult to get any out, & at last y=e= Doctor could not get so much as he wish'd. It was
Very fortunate that D=r= Monsey happend to be here for it is so difficult to prevail on M=r= Montagu to send for a physician that perhaps he w=d= have let ye fever take too strong hold before any help had been got. He has not been in y=e= least danger, but indeed has sufferd [\much/] from bad nights, loss of strength & appetite for he loaths nourishment of all kinds. The Doctor desires him to drink plentifully of small liquers, but we have sometimes a pretty stout argument before he will swallow a bason of any sort of liquid. I was much grieved to lay aside my scheme of coming to Bath Easton, but we had then such accounts of Lady Medows as made it uncertain whether I should not have been obliged to have left you perhaps the day after I came, for M=r= Montagu seem'd to intimate that I must go to Town with him directly if such an event was to happen, I fancy y=e= good Lady will have y=e= complaisance to save him a journey to Town on purpose, business will oblige us to go to London before ye end of September I fear, for M=r= Montagu is very desirous to finish his affairs as Executor to M=r= Rogers. He wants too to go to Newcastle to settle with M=r= Isaacson, but I do not think his constitution strong enough for such a journey late in y=e= year. I proposed if he went to Newcastle to take then a little trip to Bath to see you, for indeed it w=d= be barbarous to come into your house to eject these good people who are not only as loving, but while with you, as happy as y=e= first pair in Paradise, but in that case I could have taken a lodging & beggd them to change for a little while, but I could not honestly have used y=e= old proverb that exchanges
Is no robbery. From the account you give of your Clergyman I am sorry he could not stay in the West Indies where they much want Pastors of zeal & piety. In converting Infidels I wish the preachers w=d= consider the dangers of being half a Christian, & that they sh=d= either take true pains with their flock or leave them to that mercy which can better pardon ignorance than wilfull sinfulness. D=r= Monsey desires his most respectfull, affectionate, tender, & passionate compliments to you. he design_d returning to London on monday, but he will now stay till M=r= Montagu can conveniently spare him. I live in hopes of seeing you here, if you come I will excuse myself from going to Town when M=r= Montagu goes up for I shall not be of ye least use in finishing his accounts now, as they are all now ready for the Lawyer & I shall be glad to be excused being in Town at a time of y=e= year that London is dull & y=e= Country still pleasant, so let not [\my INTO that\] shorten your stay here, but however come as soon as it is fit for you, that I may have ye more of your company, but I say all this with submission to your health for, I w=d= not have you run any hazards for any consideration. I think some way or other y=e= year w=d= not pass without my seeing you, but had much rather it were here, for indeed if M=r= Montagus health, which between ourselves is not quite what it was some years, & indeed months ago, [\sh=d= grow worse/] I shall not be at liberty to ramble about. He had a little fever before since we came hither & the bad state of his blood makes me apprehensive he may be liable to them, or to other complaints. It is said sometimes
That people get bread when they have not teeth to cut it, I am afraid I have got wings when I must not fly, new journeys w=d= be pleasant [\&\] ye expense is of no consequence perhaps accidents will [\fix\] me down. I expect y=e= pleasure of seeing Miss Carter in her way to Town. I believe I told you M=rs= Southwell made a visit in her way to Kingsweston. I expect my Brother Charles this week. Miss Carter will only call for a few hours which is very grievous but I find she thinks herself obliged to accompany Miss Talbot to London. I hope Lady Bab does not still think that I w=d= desire her to make herself sick in return for her having done me a great favour. I beg my most affectionate & gratefull comp=ts= to her Ladyship. I assure you I did not part with Dionysius with any regret, I sh=d= not yet have begun it, nor am in ye least haste, & you make so good use of history it w=d= be strange [\BLOT\] [{not{] to be glad to furnish you with it. When I have given Dionysius one reading I will send it to you again to remain with you. I will also send you [\Blains\] chronology when I leave Sandleford. I must return to my Invalid so only desire my comp=ts= to Miss Arnold. I am my Dear Sister
   most tenderly & affect=ly= yours