Wonderful 4pp ALS regarding an enforced Sabbatical and burn-out from Horatius Bonar, likely to Robert Storey. Bonar, of course, friend of Robert Murray M'Cheyne, devotional author, and perhaps the most influential devotional and hymn-writer from Scotland during the 19th century.
"Kelso, September 29, 1855
My Dear Robert,
Your note has just arrived. I am exceedingly reluctant to refuse & yet I don't see how I can come to you without breaking up my whole plan for a fortnight's entire rest. I have made arrangements for spending the ten days of the week the second Sabbath of October in the entire, at Callace. . . doing nothing but climbing Dansinane Hill & the like. THis i smy only reason for declining. I am not liberated from the Edinburgh Committee, but that would not have hindered me from coming to you, as I have, very unexpectedly, been at home every Sabbath for nearly two months & that I am entitled to absense.
I feel almost ashamed making my need of rest a plea for not coming to you; but I had a long talk with Dr. Coldstream yesterday about my bodily frame, & he made me promise that I would take a fortnight's rest; - threatening me if I did not , he would order me away for a month or two entirely.
I trust Elizabeth is better. I spent a most pleasant Wednesday at Valleyfield this week. Jane is writing to tell you how matters stand here.
My love to your dear wife & wonderful boy.
Hope for your fraternal acceptance of the above excuse for my unfraternal declinature to help you in time of need.
I am your aff. brother.