"I am favoured by your very kind and affectionate letter, dated the 17th of last month, and in return receive my hearty thanks for your kind attention in writing to me; and indeed, my dear friend in Christ, your letter has refreshed, and is comfortable to me, and I may say as the wife man faith, ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty council, and they that seek the Lord, understand all things. And may the spark of divine love (which you always cherish) extend in all the hearts of your hearers, and that you may have that comfort of seeing the success of the Gospel fully accomplished among your people. I would be glad to hear the Gospel tidings you would give of them, as it would give me joy and welcome news of the renewal of the holy spirit in their hearts and precious souls, and that God, out of his infinite mercy, may pour down into their hearts and souls, that enlightened grace which Cornelius and family renewed by the hands of Peter, which I shall not fail to make my earnest prayers to God for them. And now, my dear respected friend temporal concerns, believe me I answered every letter I received from you, I enclosed it to Mr. Blucke, wherein he informed me that he delivered it into your own hands. Indeed, I was doubtful of it; however, the very last I wrote you and sent you, I here enclose a copy of it now for your satisfaction, and you will see that I did not shew that neglect for you that you thought I did. I sent it under cover to York Lawrence, then living with Mr. Stephen Skinner, as I was almost certain York Lawrence would deliver it to yourself, as I charged him in my letter not to deliver it into anybody's hands by your own. I would be glad to know if you received it; believe me, my mind and heart is filled with concern and trouble on account of that poor unhappy girl Isabella, in the manner she lives. I would wish to God it was in your power to contrive to get her to Boston, and any expense you would be at of getting her away, I would gladly pay; indeed it would be an act of charity and mercy of restoring her from the unhappy life she lives in. I have wrote to Mr. Blucke, and that repeatedly, but no satisfaction I can receive from him, or nothing I can depend on. I request you will write to me every opportunity, and let me know how you children and yourself does, and how you like the place where you are, and to let me know if it would be possible you could do anything of getting Isabella away; and likewise I request you will let me know what news about Mr. Blucke and the place, as I cannot find out what he is doing. I would take it as a favour if you would enquire after Peter Gray and wife, and please to take notice of him, and let him know his mother is well, (she is my sister) and all his friends and relations are well. Please to acquaint me how he makes out; my dear friend I believed I almost took you with this long letter, but excuse me for the present, as my next letter shall be shorter; and believe me to be, with every affectionate regard, wishing yourself and family every spiritual and temporal blessing, is the sincere prayer of, Your's
"N.B. Please to let me know what Street you live in, and Number, as I shall direct my letter to you; so please to direct your letters to me, No. 40, Smith's Street New-York. Those directions are necessary, as the letters will sooner come to hand.
"My good Sir,