My dear friend,
I came from Northepps Cottage this day week leaving as I hoped, dearest Anna a shade better. Ever since my return I have been confined to my chamber with a return of cold, & cough & am not yet on the move out of my room
though I trust, in some respects I am much better — Dr Hull thinks me so
Still — I am in no condition to go a-visiting – therefore must decline your obliging invitation
Of the Hudson Gurneys I have heard nothing since my return
I <heard>, like myself, she has been confined to her room – but I hope
she is now no longer –though probably still confined to the house
Ever with love to thy sisters
Very truly thine
P.S. I dare say Lady Smith wonders I have not called on her not knowing how & where I am
Lady’s Lane 1st Mo 18th 1842
Source: King and Pierce
Address: Emily Morse <Closes>
 Anna Gurney (1795-1857). See G. C. Boase. ‘Gurney, Anna (1795-1857).” Rev. John D. Haigh. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 13 Aug. 2013.
 Dr. Robert Hull, M.D. (1795-April 13, 1856) Physician to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals, who treated Opie and her neighbours for many years in her later life. See Edward Walford. Hardwicke’sAnnual Biography for 1857. p. 145
 Hudson Gurney (1775-1864). Peter Osbourne. “Gurney, Hudson (1775-1864).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 29 July 2013.