Bath 10 of June 1776
I know it will affect you to hear, that the favourable Accounts of my Health, which I desired my Nephew to cmmunicate to you, have vanished into Smoke; the Waters began to disagree with me; all the bad symptoms recurred; and are found to proceed from a Vice in my Liver, for which the Physicians pretend there may be a Remedy, but for which I believe there is none. In short, you are likely to lose, at no great Distance of time, one of the Persons in the World, who had the greatest Regard and Affection for you. My Dear Miss Nancy, hear this Declaration with Sympathy and Cordiality. I know what an egregious Folly it is for a Man of my Years to attach himself too strongly to one of Yours; but I saw in you so much other Merit, beside that which is the common Object of Affection, that I easily excused to myself this Imprudence; and your obliging Behaviour always kept me from being sensible of it. It is the best placed Attachment of my Life; and will surely be the last. I know that the Tear will be in your Eye when you read this; as it is in mine when I write it.
I bid you not Adieu; because I intend to set out from this in eight or ten days; and may reach my own House in ten or twelve more. It will not be long after, till I kiss your hand. My Compliments to your Sisters; I wish I could say, to your Father; and that he coud be sensible of the sincere / Regard which I bear to him. I am Dear Miss Nancy, Your most affectionate Friend and humble Servant
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