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My dearest Friend
I yesterday received your kind favour by Mr. Murry and the day before; yours by Mr. Bridgen,Mr. and Mrs. Rucker left us this morning, but I did not write by them knowing that the post would be much Spedier. You tell me to keep a journal, but you do not think what a task you impose or how every Hour is occupied at this place by those who stay only ten or twelve days, and run the circle of amusement, or rather dissapation, the Young are delighted here, because they feel less restraint in their amusements and pleasures than in the city, the excercise they take, together with the clear Sun Shine and fine air of Bath tends to exhilirate the Spirits, the aged and the infirm receive Health and Spirits from the Bethsadian pools and not a little Satisfaction is derived to all parties from visiting a place of fashionable resort, as it may be more amusement to you in my absence to read a little detail of my excursion than if I brought home a journal to you, I will endeavour to recollect the events of the past week; you know I had but one acquaintance who resided here, and him I determined to find out and leave a card at his Lodgings, but on Sunday last, before I had made any inquiry for him, he heard of my arrival and came immediately to see me, he was wonderfully
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Mr. and Mrs. Smith present their duty; Mr. Cutting writes that he had dinned with you 3 times out of 8 Days, I wish I could Send you some of the fine fish of Bath in which they greatly excell any part of England that I have visited, Small Bear Bread mutton and fish are excellent here, but I begin to wish myself at Home notwithstanding, having visited Bath once I am Satisfied, as you have no fancy for that which makes it so delightfull to most people, I do not wonder that you preferd building up Republicks, and establishing Governments. Be so good as to let John and Esther know that we Shall be at Home on Saturday next.
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