4 November 1791
Hugh Worthington, Highbury Place, to Mary Hays, Gainsford Street, 4 November 1791.1
Novr 4, 1791
We think ourselves much obliged to you, for the valuable presents we yesterday received, & beg you will accept of our united & gratitude, & esteem. – The kind regard, wch breathes thro’ yr and yr Sisters2 letters of last week, very sensibly touches my heart, & the spirit of Enquiry you both manifest has a claim to every degree of information in my power to yield. I wish I knew more, and could argue better; we hope to drink tea with you on Wednesday next, if we hear nothing to the contrary, & then I shall put into yr hand a more full delineation of my sentiments on ye Death of Xt,3 than you seem to have collected from my public Services. May God lead us all into truth, & may every blessing in ye store of Providence long attend both my intelligent & amiable Friends. How few such of yr age or Sex!
I am ever
yr truly indebted
& affectionate Pastor
& Friend – H. Worthington
Address: Miss Hayes | Gainsford Street | Southwark
1 A. F. Wedd Collection, shelfmark 24.93(10), Dr. Williams's Library, London; Brooks, Correspondence 267-78.
2 Elizabeth Hays.
2 "Xt" was a commonly used abbreviation used by Dissenters and others at that time for "Christ," as was "Xmas" for Christmas.