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July y=e= 31=st= My dear friend
   I am sure you will be glad to hear that my health is more confirmd, & that I am now as well as usual. The poor Man who presided over our Collieries is dead, & as we had long no hope of his recovery, & he sufferd grievous pain, the last stroke seemd a deliverance rather than a misfortune. I have had less to do, as during his sickness many things were suspended, but now we shall have trouble in finding him a proper Successor of settling him in his business. I have taken care not to put too much trust in any of the Persons employd, for temptations operating on human frailty are very dangerous. The Ship is not come from Deal for our Coals, but the winds I believe have been adverse. I am rejoyced that M=rs= Hancock is better
she is a very valuable Woman, & I love her for her own sake, but should be still more concernd at her death for the sake of our sylph, whose material habitation is on the person of M=rs= Hancock; was that good Woman out of y=e= World, Vesey w=d= flit about in y=e= air like a feather escaped from the Wing of a fowl; from that hour I would wear an amber necklace or bracelet in order to attract her, but I might sometimes have the mortification of seeing [\her/] drawn away by the prevalence of an amber headed cane in snuff box. M=r= B- is one of those wise men who desire to love poor for the honour of dying rich. It is an odd thing that his Wife has by no means avoided poverty by marrying a man of 8000=L= a year. I am very happy to find that one long journey has mended
M=rs= Chapones health, & I hope it will have a lasting good effect. The weather has been such, that I have not been able to give her any amusement more than a tame airing. We went yesterday morning to her Cousin D=r= Ogles, staid two hours, & return_d to dinner, for I was afraid of being abroad at dinner time on account of missing people of business who might possibly call on me. We are all going to day to dine at M=r= Archdeacons, where we are to meet a great many Newcastle Gentlemen & Ladies. I desire that you will make my best compliments to Lord & Lady Camden & the young Ladies. I dare say his Lordship enjoys [\with delight/] that leisure it is a loss to the World he should possess, as his mind was above his business he can [\substute\] noble & rational employments in the
room of it. A little mind accustom'd to a routine of employments is wonderfully at a loss when put of its wanted course. I hear Lord Worthington has been in Town beating up for [\Ministerial\] reemits, but neither [\list\] money, nor all he could say, or swear, w=d= prevail. I hate to think of the vast distance there is between us at present, it makes absence which is always grievous frightful. I hear that my Bro=r= Morris his Wife, & my sweet little Matt are going into Kent. I have enclosed the history of M=rs= [\Monro\] at ye desire of M=rs= Chapone, who thinks it might be of benefit to ye poor if L=d= [\Dartrce\] who is related to her Husband was made acquainted with her situation. Pray forget not my comp=ts= to D=r= Carter & all your family & my Friend M=rs= Underdown. M=rs= Chapone is much your Humble Serv=t= entirely Yours