My dear friend
Your letter gives me much concern, – because tho the present immediate evil is over, the same want of consideration & of proper feeling (to use no stronger terms) which has occasioned it now, may bring it on again at any time, & thus your tranquillity interest, & what is of still more consequence, your peace of mind, are made to depend almost as much upon another as upon yourself. – 
Herewith you have the commencement of my promised autobiography.  You will see by the dates at the beginning & end that it has <been> written at different snatches of time, – & there has been some delay occasioned by copying it, as I have made a transcript for the double purpose of having it at hand to refer to that I may not say the same thing twice, – & of inserting in its proper place any thing that I may not have called to mind in its order. I shall begin a second letter  without delay, – & preserve as many recollections as I can of manners that even within my remembrance have past away.
We are all well, thank God. I am very busy, laying in materials largely for various works, & proceeding with several of them. – Mr Walpole is not forgotten.  Remember me most kindly to Mrs May & your daughers:  – & to John Coleridge when you see him
God bless you
31 July 1820