Downing Decr 3d 1797.
I remained at Bath above five weeks in daily [sic] of receiving news of yrs & miss Bulls welfare & your explanation of yr wants respecting the arctic Zoology which I should not have failed obeying to the best of my power. I fear you are not well when I consider your usual punctuality: I address myself to you in London imagining that you must have begun your town residence.
I returned home only last night thro perils of snow, very unusual at this early season. The Bath waters agreed with me; & I came back highly improved health: but not in spirits, having lost my daughter1 by matrimony in a manner I far from approve. I never resist the wishes of a Lady in love affairs: we may as well endeavour to stop a swarm of Bees with a pitchfork. may they be happy.
Yr affect. friend