Dear Brother Philadelphia 8 mo 25, 1814
Thou mayst be looking for a letter from me, before this can reach thee, touching the state of my dear wife & daughtrer Deborah, that after the date of mine of 13 Instant, thou & Sister might both know, & I may now say, that my nephew James L Fisher's long continued infirmity is Closed. for about 24 hours he neither spake, nor took any nourishment & departed abt 2 0'Clk AM of 23d Inst. His Brother William at that time absent, at Easton & his Sisters both at Burlington, caused more care & attention to devolve on me, than well suited the state ofmy own family & has been the casue of your not hearing fromme sooner, to say that on first day the 21st Inst, my dear wife missed the return of her Chills & has had but little fever since that time & tho she is yet almost wholly in her Bed, with two short Intervals of setting up in the 224 hours, her appetite is such as that she relishes her food well, such as is suitable for her, some Mutton, added. So that the prospect now is of her gradual recovery which is comfortable to my mind & administers cause of humble gratitude for the favor, thus now hoped for, to the Author of all our blessings. At present tis not quite so favorable, with Dear Deborah, for tho she also seems to ahve been getting better fo he last four days, her improvement seems to be slow, not having yet got clear of her fever, nor attained to a state, in which she can relish, any amterial food, substantial, beyond Chicken, Tea which is the most acceptable of any thing we can yet come at, however, we hope with the exerise of patience, that the fever will go off & her appetite & strength gradually return, she had a quiet night, tho comonly Young People are apt to recover sooner, we may not expect but slow gradations, or these are my Ideas concerning her. My wife & Deborah desire me to mention their love to thee & Sister in which also, Sarah is united with your affectionate Brother, Samuel R Fisher.