19th May 1815
My dear Madam
Conceiving your feelings, by judging
from my own, I will not attempt the difficult
task of administering consolation under your
'present heavy affliction; -indeed, my silence hitherto upon this occasion, has been from a fear of encreasing your distress, -but I do assure you, -that yourself, and Children, and the ever to be lamented Death of my much valued friend, have daily engrossed my thoughts since the first information of the melancholy event.
I am very much obliged to you for the Newspaper containing Mr. Murrays candid and forcible appeal to l'he People of Edinburgh , -it is such a clear statement of a series of untoward events, -that it must have I trust the desired effect of raising t.he Box Admissions without one Dissentient Voice -
Mrs G has been engaged with me, ( in the pleasing yet lainful occupation of collecting and perusing every accidental piece of Poet ry of my dear' friend, which he from time to time indulged me with, -they