I am sending you twenty pounds which I hope you will receive safely.† I have been trying to come and see you but I have been prevented.† I hope I shall soon be able for I want to see you and your little children very much.† I have not been very well for some time and only just returned to England.† I could not write to you.† I did not stay in any place long enough.† I shall be in Brighton till next Thursday (?) then I am going to London but I cannot tell you how long I shall remain there, you must not say to anyone that I am in England or speak of me.† I have written to my father but did not tell him where I am.† You must not tell him or her  anything of me.† I sent him five pounds.† You must send and tell me if he gets it all safe.
Wishing you and your whife (sic) a merry Christmas and a happy new year from your loving mother.
 This probably refers to Ann's stepmother, her father's second wife, Hannah.
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