Letter

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From the Manchester Conference to Mary Rattenbury [in the Islington Circuit, London]. Matters are moving on here at Conference. They are now discussing very important disciplinary matters. [James] Everett and [John] Burdsall were arraigned last night and were asked by Dr [John] Hannah if either of them were the authors of the fly-sheets. Everett replied "I positively refuse to answer Yea or Nay".

He has just received Mary's letter and was concerned to read that she is not feeling well. She should however endeavour to keep her spirits up.

He himself is feeling well this morning although 'my stomach & bowels have been a little disordered'. He therefore took a dose of medicine while he was at Middleton and has recovered very well. 'Things are brightening with us I trust, and I hope we shall be spared to enjoy each other for many years'.

He wrote to [their daughter] Mary yesterday and has enclosed one of [their son] John's letters. He writes very well.

A committee has been appointed to determine the nature of the sentence that should be given to Messrs Everett and Burdsall. It will announce its recommendation on Monday.

'We are now on the case of the declaration of [George] Osborn'.

J R's writing case is proving very useful and is ample testimony to Mary's customary skill and taste.

He hopes to be home on Monday.

'The Conference is very excited on these [disciplinary] matters. Mr [Samuel] Dunn has just urged[?] the Conference that they pay more attention [to] matters of discipline than to morality in cases of [unreadable word] & spirits [much of the rest of this sentence is unreadable]...the expulsion while[?] he said he would not do it to the day of judgement he however did it - things look serious & I fear we shall have a departure from us but it will tend to good'.