This is a transcript of the transcript. It is in an early 19th century hand, and the notation at the beginning says "Copy. for fear you may not make it out."
Copy. for fear you may not make it out
My good Friend
Till this instant I did not see your kind letter - an idle ungovernable servant laid it he knew not where, by chance I found it -my life this whole winter has been a series of disorders, my healh became a mere useless bauble. It was cour-ted, & coaxed, & nursed, & flattered into various curious qualities to please & win it to good habits all in vain, the more it was nursed & courted the worse it proved. At last I resolved to leave it entire-ly to itself, & found that