My great desire to be in your com pany & in the Assembly of the Saints where God opnes [opens] the heavens & exhibits the treasures of eternity is the only thing that has stimulated me for a number
of days past to leave my house; for be assured, dear brother, my
bod ily affliction is severe; I have a violent <cough> more especially nights, which deprives me of my appetite, &
my strength fails, & writing has a particular tendency to injure my lungs while I am under the influence of such a cough
I therefore, with reluctance send your journal to you untill my health improves
Yours in heart
pray for me, & ask the prayers of the class on my account also.