Dear Brother Philadelphia 5 mo 20 1823
Yesterday came acceptably to hand Sister Charity letter of 14 Instant advising of thy relief from severe indisposition of about 20 days by Intermittant fever now however, so heavy as that often is, of this Illness, we were before ignorant or without knowledge, not to soon to himself his restoration to health, which is blessing not commonly enough thankful for, till we feel the want of it. This is no doubt my own case, becasue of my hainvg had but little privation thereof by sickness or much infirmity.
Our friend Priscilla Hunt accompanied by James Walton of ByBerry since the 9 Inst. when John Ward of Haddonfield life her at Abington distant 10 Miles has been visiting the Meetings in Abington & Bucks Quarters, including some in Philadelphia Quarter, on 26 Inst was at Plymouth, where in Company with Sarah & Thomas I was, and it was so [illegible] refreshing Meeting she was very close to some whom she naed [illegible] plain garb & satisfied appearances, in their varied twinings and [illegible] language [illegible] spoken. The two who put forth accusations against our worldly frd of Long Island were present. It seems as I have sen out at a [illegible] of the Meetings appointed of the City, we are our of the Mist, that covers us & the mind feels an energy which is hardly possible to come at in the City, as the strength is so often renewedly paralized, that tis heavy getting on & how long we may be permitted so to remain, we know not, that fixed integrity & ability of only coming forth therein in woods & Conduct, might be permitted to answer [illegible] a standing amongst us, above that which has not Love, pure [illegible] but its Origin from an opposite nature. Thy three letters [illegible] & of 4 mo 28 which I acknowledged the receipt of in mine of 9 [illegible] to me more particularly that of 3 mo 17. Tis unpleasant [illegible] much of any thing amonst us, but I feel rather desirous [illegible] from any particulars as thereby the mkind is better [illegible] thing that has good or sweetness in it.
On 6 day the 23 Inst my Son in Law W Wharton [illegible] making from whence he writes, that our frid Elias Hicks [illegible] & large in his testimony in plain clear language [illegible] the 3 Children set out to join him at NY & to go from there to Hudson, to stay some weeks at Married [illegible] join 7 with them, only intending for New York & back, and Sarah [illegible] is far as Burlington intending to be home this evening, but as [illegible] very wet I think she will stay, till tomorrow, Deborah & company [illegible] in this day. I shall be pleased in due season to hear of their getting on well with the Children as it seems to be rather arduous & exposing to them all, I shall miss them, but as a part of my time seems not unpleasant in Contemplative solitude, this has a tendecy in the present day, rather to lighten than to add any burthen while a little pleasant company, is truly desireable & almost that which cheers the mind &