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Denton ye 30=th= of aug: My Dear friend Last night at my arrival at this place I found my dear friends letter. I had not been able to write to her on the road, my head was so giddy with ye incessant rolling of my postchaise. I am excessively rejoyced D=r= Carter is well again. I repented that I had not told you where to direct an account of him upon the road, for I was very anxious about him. I was half dead with hurry ye few days I was in Town, my journey has done me good, tho it is tiresome enough to be for ever in motion. I stopp'd two days & an half at M=r= Smelts in Yorkshire & passd my time most agreably there. Vesey & y=r= H=ble= Servant love seeing places immoderately, so all weary as I was, I got M=r= Smelt to carry me to see a Romantick place of M=r= Aislabies 12 miles from his house, & well it answerd my trouble, but I cannot now describe it. M=r= Smelts place is
ill situated for posts, so I intended writing to you from Durham, but M=r= Archdeacon came to meet me there & I could not in civility leave him to amuse himself with his own thoughts. Susans Lover, & Edw=d= Brown, [\&\] my late Serv=t= Natt also came to meet [\me/] , all dressd in their best apparel & well mounted on our Colliery horses, & to see them all look happy pleased me. Allinson to be sure was most blest with ye sight of his Love, but Edw=d= Brown, who thought I sh=d= approve his diligent & faithfull Services here, & Natt who look'd upon me on ye light of a good farm, for he is married & expects I sh=d= settle him on this estate, had Countenances that express_d great delight. M=r= Archdeacon seemd very glad to see me, & when I got here many congratulatory Countenances presented themselves. Nothing could so strongly signify they had behaved well in my absence as ye joy express_d at my return, & I pity those whose pride or insensibility deprives them of sharing in the sentiments of their dependants. Indeed the order in which I
find every thing relative to ye estate & Colliery is very pleasant. The Colliery has now ye most trade of any except Long Benton, & it works to more profit from its situation than any on the River, so tho ye trade in general is bad, we have of all people least reason to complain. I left M=r= Montagu in pretty good health & very good spirits. My Sister is so good as to stay with him. He talks of coming here soon. I have been obliged to write a long detail of affairs here to M=r= Montagu, & I must write to M=r= Black & our agent at Billingsgate, so to another post I must reserve much I have to say. I have also had a letter from Vesey who reproaches me I did not write to her. If I had I must have sent Will o' the wisp with my letter after such a scampering body. I had fully intended being blooded at London but as it happened it was not necessary. I had ye rheumatism in my face again just before I set out from London. I am my dear friend ever yours most affect=ly=
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