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Dear friend M.F.
In a sense of that love and life by which we are united to God and made near one unto another, I
salute thee. And, dear Margaret, I cannot express the sense I have of thy love and regard to me
and my dear husband; but it is often before me with very great returns of love and affection, and
desires for thy prosperity and preservation among God's people. I should be exceedingly glad if it
were my lot once more to see thy face, but at present I see little likelihood. Yet methinks, if thou
foundest a clearness, it would be happier if thou wert nearer thy dear husband and children, but I
leave it to the Lord's ordering and thy freedom.
There have been great reports of my husband coming with J. Purvis, A. Parker's brother-in-law;
but he has returned without him, and brought letters. My husband was then very well on the 8th
of the Fourth-month, and has some thoughts of coming, but when he did not mention. This puts
a stop at present to my going; but with the Lord I desire to leave it, and commit him and myself
to His holy ordering.
I truly rejoice to hear thou art so well, and thy daughters, and their children, that Thomas Lower
had a little to to see them. I perceive they are bad about you, and that thy sufferings are large; but
the Lord can, and I believe will, make it up. In HIm is thy great reward for thy manifold
exercises. they begin to be troublesome in this country also. They have not yet been here, but
threaten it, they say.
I desire my very dear love to thy son and daughter Lower, and to thy son and daughter Abraham.
We are all pretty well, I bless the Lord.
Thy truly loving and affectionate friend,