Jany 23. 1834
I have recd. my dear Cousin and amiable friend, your letter of the 18th. with the renewed provision, the work of your own hands, for the comfort of mine in their Rheumatic condition. I return my thanks in more than a handful, for such a token of your considerate kindness.
I must thank you also for the sympathizing interest you take in what regards my general health. I cannot expect it to improve much at the approach of my 84th. year I ought rather to consider myself as greatly favoured by the degree in which an enjoyment of life is still granted me; and especially by the preservation of another life, without which mine would cease to be an enjoyment.
I hope the coldness of the Season may have the effect, of bracing instead of impairing your own health; and that your accounts from Mr. Stevenson are in every respect as good as the fatigues of his Station, and the absence of his most soothing support under them will permit.
Mrs. M. is much gratified by your promise of an early and long letter from you. Accept from us both, our sincerest wishes for the best of blessings on you.