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Title: Wilson, A to Forsythe, John Jr, 1799
CollectionJohn Forsythe Letters
SenderWilson, A
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginOld York Road, New York, USA?
DestinationWesttown, Co. Chester, Penn., USA
RecipientForsythe, John Jr
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count504
Genrepupils, illness, family, friends
TranscriptDear John,

Could my body be transported as quick as my mind, you wou'd have
seen me often at Weston since we parted, for I think, there has not one
day passed, that my mind has not, many times, been in company with
you. feeling for, & sympathising with you, in your arduous engagement
& pious care, over & for the dear children, whose number, I expect, has
increased, within the past week; may the Shepherd of Israel, strengthen
your hands, is my desire—and may the dear women, be encouraged to
cast their care upon, & put their trust in him, who has been a place of
refuse for, & the strength of his people, in all ages of the world. My love
is towards the dear children, & my desire for them is, that they may be
good children, fearing the Lord & obedient to their teachers, which is the
way to secure his present & future blessing.
My health is not much better than when we parted, my cough continues
& I feel more acute pain in my brest, this day than I have for some
time past, and if my symptoms are not more favourable than at present,
I think my returning to Weston soon, is very uncertain.—Young Thomas
Dawson, who is also in a declining state of health, Jn Morton Jr & self,
expect to set off in a few days, to try whether a little moderate riding and breathing some of the salubrious air of the eastern States, may not, with the divine blessing, be a means of restoring that precious blessing, health, to our, at present, weak tabernacles—
I feel at times some little anxiety to hear from of you, which I hope
e'er long may be gratified—How is our dear little R.B. My love is to
each officer in the family, as if particularly named.—Tell our dear E.B.
that I was in town on 1st day, saw & dined with her sister Ann, to my
satisfaction, who is gradually recovering from her late indisposition -
The state of the City wears a pleasing aspect at present, & the inhabitants
are gradually moving in to their deserted habitations.—
Yesterday we had the pleasing inteligence of our dear friend S. Harrison's
safe arrival at N.York after a passage of 60 days, being accompanied
by our friend John Hall, on a religious visit to friends of this Land
—and we also understand, that there is a young woman with S.H. who
out of tender sympathy & affection, gave up to accompany her on the
passage—But no T.Scattergood nor Wm Crotch - the wife of the former,
I understand is considerably better—
This goes by Jn Smith of Burlington, who is taking his son Richard
as a scholar, & by whom I should be glad of a few lines—

Farewell & believe me in near affection thine
A. Wilson
6 miles up the Old York road
10 mo. 16th 1799
John Forsythe
Weston School