[?September 2, 1812] 
My dearest girl,
The milk disagreed with me as I thought it would, & produced such a dreadful depression of spirits yesterday, that I could not be away from you /---/ any longer. When you receive this therefore, I shall be on the road, & shall reach your dear arms a few hours after. Do not be alarmed at finding me very thin, for the journey will make me look worse. I shall soon get better with you & my dear children, & I have promised Mr. M. that if I am well soon enough, we will all pay him a visit here together. God bless you, my darling [,] I expect the /---/ coach every instant.
Your ever affectionate husband
P.S. I sleep at Salisbury tonight, & shall most likely be at home between 7 & 9 tomorrow evening.
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