26 October 1796
Mary Wollstonecraft to Mary Hays, undated [Wednesday, 26 October 1796].1
My dear friend,
I have not received a letter from Mrs Cotton,2 yet I must beg you to excuse me, for I have unluckily been invited to dine out on thursday where business calls me – If any day next week will be ^the^ same to you, ^you^ would much oblige me by permitting me to be free, or I shall not be able to wait on you till late in the evening.
Wednesday Morning –
Address: Miss Hays
1 MS MW 0045, Pforzheimer Collection, NYPL; Brooks, Correspondence 308; Todd, Collected Letters 373.
2 Wollstonecraft's Berkshire friend with whom she spent most of March 1796 recovering from her affair with Gilbert Imlay; she would continue to see Mrs. Cotton into 1797 as well.