My dear Mother
I cannot easily express my concern on thy account fearing that thy anxiety for us will be so much for thy feeble frame perhaps the reports may reach thee in an exaggerated manner but the truth is Serious. An aweful visitation being extended to this city, the hand of divine Justice seems turned upon it. I believe in order that the Lofty looks shold be humbled, & the proud & self exhautled bowed down, yet mercy seems mixed with judgment & frequent calls are extended thro the Ministering servants to turn unto him who hath smitten, & who alone can heal the breeches & restore paths to walk in, our minds have hitherto been mercifully supported & we so far preserved, & I have a secret hope that we shall be protected, that I beg of thee not to be discouraged, for we have reason to believe that even "these very calamities have tended to make way for us, & hoping & believing that we came here in the right time, are desirous that we may be resigned, & quietly submit to his Will who best knows what is best for us. Should it please him to visit us more nearly. I have sometimes thought the dispensation that my mind passed thro last Winter might be as a preparation for this end & it si remarkable that in this time of seeming danger, my mind generally enjoys a calm & tranquil state, if it is owning to insensibility I desire that I may be awaken'd & enabled a rightly to improve the present season, Our dear Sally has been so marticular, it leave me but little to say, except my desires that thou mayest be supported, & bear up with our endeared brothers & sisters, it has often been my desire, that it may please kind Providence to watch over & spare the precious life of my beloved Sister, that if either of us is removed at this time, he may be pleased to fit me for so great a change, & take me in her stead.