11 August 
Mary Wollstonecraft, Store Street, Bedford Square, to Mary Hays, Gainsford Street, 11 August .1
Intending to call upon you I put off answering your letter from time to time till, as is usually the case, it became a task and I could not recollect what I thought of saying when I first read it. I will then simply acknowledge the receipt of your testimony of esteem merely to have an opportunity of telling you that when I return to Town I shall be glad to see you. I should, indeed, have invited you, if convenient, to have visited me before my departure; but some family cares, among the rest the settling a brother in life,2 drove secondary objects out of my mind.
I am Madam Yours &c
Augt 11th, 
Address: Miss Hays | Gainsford Street | Southwark
Postmark: not readable
1 MS MW 0037, Pforzheimer Collection, NYPL; Brooks, Correspondence 301-02; Todd, Collected Letters 202.
2 Charles Wollstonecraft, her younger brother.