9. Letter addressed on Back:

John Home of Ninewells Esqr
at Ninewells

Edinburgh 18 of July 1776

Dear Brother

I am very glad, that Josey, before he leaves Spa, will know of the Credit lodged for him at London: This will put the poor Boy at Ease in point of Money; and I hope that you have not been too strict in exhorting him to spare it, except in case of Necessity. I think, that he has all along been tolerably discreet in money matters, and may now be safely trusted with Credit. If his Health be not restord this Autumn, the commanding Officer, who will see his Condition, may probably be prevailed on to grant him a Furlowe; in which Case I woud have come down and live in my House next winter. More Care coud there be taken of him, than will probably be in country Quarters.

At present, I find it almost impracticable for me to bear a Chaise, and my Physicians are not in the least surprised at it. It is the natural Effect of the Progress of my Distemper, I shoud have said Distempers: For I have certainly both a Disorder in my Bowels and in my Liver; though all my Physicians here agree in treating the latter as a very slight Malady in comparison of the former. The one, however, prevents any effectual Trial of a Remedy for the other: Mercurial Preparations woud be the proper Remedy for the Shirrus, but dare not be given, while my Bowels are in such Disorder: And while my Liver is in a diseased State[, ]it prevents any hopes of a Cure to my Bowels. Between both, I am in a bad way, though the Decline is gradual, and may draw out to a greater Length than I coud wish it. I sympathize very heartily with Mrs Home; and give Davy thanks for his Letter. Our Sister is tolerably well.

Yours D H

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