Letter from Charles Bage to William Strutt, 1803/01/02

Dear Sir

Newcastle Jany 5 1803

I last night read with inexpressible concern your melancholy and affecting letter, and fervently hope that the brighter prospect just beginning to dawn upon you continues and improves. I cannot help feeling hurt that however anxious for your advice and assistance, your time and attention should have been a moment engrossed by any affairs of mine. – I am now on my way to Leeds, and your letter was just in time to prevent my passing through Derby. – If you should have recovered your health and tranquility I still propose to call on you in about a fortnight – in the mean time will you have the goodness to forwarn me with a line, as I am greatly interested not only in the health and happiness of you and Mrs Shutt but of your brother. – If my calling will be the least irksome to you. I beg you to say so without reserve – I will wait on you another time. I am

your most obliged Servant

Chas Bage

At Thomas Benson’s Esq