My dear friend,
I am so ashamed of myself! I meant to write thee a note enclosing the verses & informing thee that I was forced to be here all day today on business in spite of my engagement with thee, but I forgot in the hurry of my departure before 10 this morning to write the note & enclose the lines! Pray excuse me! I trust my servant can find the lines, if not I will send them
JJ Gurney assures me thou art so kind thou will excuse my breach of engagement & I will tell thee the cause – entre nous, my cousin Henry Briggs[b] has been sent by Sam Gurney to paint Joseph for him & HB chuses that I should superintend the operation & keep JJG in talk the while—
Once more pray excuse me & come & tell me so next 7th day-
I will not be out of the way
Thine very truly
Source: King and Pierce
 Joseph John Gurney (1788-1847). See Edward Hill Milligan. “Gurney, Joseph John (1788-1847).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 24 July 2013.
 Samuel Gurney, brother of Joseph John Gurney. See G. C. Boase. “Gurney, Samuel (1786-1856).” Rev. M. W. Kirby. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 27 July 2013.