and then I was obliged to stay at home) that I could depend upon. I have I am sorry to say had an accident with the Letter--I sent it to Haslam and he returned it torn into a thousand pieces. So I shall be obliged to tell you all I can remember from Memory. You would have heard from me before this, but that I was in continual expectation of a fine Morning--I want also to speak to you concerning myself. Mind I do not purpose to quit England, as George 〈h〉as done; but I am affraid I shall be forced to take a voyage or two. However we will not think of that for some Months--Should it be a fine morning tomorrow you will see me.
Your affectionate Brother John --
Address: Miss Jeffry ∣ Teignmouth ∣ Devon.
Postmarks: HAMPSTEAD and 31 My 1819
C. Brown Esqre's
My dear Lady,
I was making a day or two ago a general conflagration of all old Letters and Memorandums, which had become of no interest to me--I made however, like the Barber- inquisitor in Don Quixote some reservations--among the rest your and your Sister's Letters. I assure you you had not entirely vanished from my Mind, or even become shadows in my remembrance: it only needed such a memento as your Letters to bring you back to me. Why have I not written before? Why did I not answer your Honiton Letter? I had no good news for you-every concern of ours, (ours I wish I could say) and still I must say ours--though George is in America and I have no Brother left. Though in the midst of my troubles I had no relation except my young Sister--I have had excellent friends. Mr B. at whose house I now am, invited me,--I have been with him ever since. I could not make up my mind to let you know these things. Nor should I now--but see what a little interest will do--I want you to do me a Favor; which I will first ask and then tell you the reasons. Enquire in the Villages round Teignmouth if there is any Lodging commodious for its cheapness; and let me know