Saturday 25 May.
My dear friend
Your letter has followed me here & reachd
me only this evening. I thank you truly for the trouble you
have taken. I remember the house you point out, it is if my
memory does not deceive me near the cross, & opposite
the pond where the road bends like the letter S. from your
account it seems to suit us perfectly, & if there be bed
rooms for a servant, my mother,
ourselves, & a spare room for a friend, I think there
can be no hesitation about it. this appears to be the case,
as xx it is divided into two
tenements you say, & of course the sitting room of one
can hold a bed in case of need.
It gives me great pleasure that there is this
prospect of our settling near you. we shall always spend the
summer months there & as much more as we can. I feel
attached to the country & shall look upon it as my
I am term-keeping but leave town tomorrow
night & hope to be home on Monday. from your letter I
guess that you must be in town now, if I knew where or how
to trace you. as this is impossible my only way is to direct
I should prefer taking it from year to year
to having a term. but this you must regulate according to
It gives me great pleasure to hear your
little girl  continues well, doubly dear as she
must be to you. if we be not disappointed in this business I
shall see her at Midsummer.
believe me yours thankfully &
If I were at home the paper should not travel so empty.
but I am visiting & thoroughly fatigued with a
compleat days labour in London.