Leyland Manor, February 9th, 1763
by writing this letter, I sincerely and kindly request the honour of your hand in marriage.
My late brother´s demise deprived you of your deserved security in life. Therefore I beg your consent to take over the privilege and duty in marrying you which my brother is no more able to fulfil.
Unfortunately my current responsibilities at the estate and in town making it impossible to propose to you in person, as both, propriety and courtesy demand. For this lack I beg your forgiveness, and
ever your servant,