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WAUGH & INNES, EDINBURGH:
C. J. & F. RIVINGTON; J. HATCHARD & SON; WHITTAKER, TREACHER, & CO., LONDON: AND PARKER, OXFORD.
Edinburgh, January 1, 1821. My beLOVED DAUGHTER,
Your affectionate letter has given me great delight-we should have exchanged greetings had I been able to write on Friday-A would not let me read, write, or sleep—I have slept pretty well the last two nights, and am picking up-My appetite never fails me-I am ravenous at breakfast, and not backward at dinner; and appetite, as Johnson says, “is a proof of vital strength.”
My dear child, I am much affected with your kindness, and thank you for your prayers ; the longer I live, or rather the nearer I draw to the end of this life, the less I value the world, and find my affections centre in my own dear circle; and never was a parent's affection more affectionately returned! God bless you all for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord! I have gone through some trials, I anticipate more, for life cannot be without them; but in the bosom of my family I I