Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 MAM/FL/3/7/7
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 MAM/FL/3/7/7
  • Dates of Creation
      10 Dec 1830 [dated as postmark]

Scope and Content

From [Saham Toney]. Tooth's letter was received - it gave Gregson much pleasure for the news of Tooth and their Madeley friends. When the letter was first received, it appeared that the Lord was preparing the way for Gregson to reside at Madeley. Reference is made to Mr Smith's house. Then however her own weakness made her doubt. After some days thought and prayer, she decided to draw lots to decide what to do. The decision fell the way of remaining at Saham.

Her old health complaint has returned frequently and she has not been able to fill her [preaching] appointments. [Sarah] Boyce twice took her place which has indeed been too much for her [health], but Tooth knows her willingness and zeal. Gregson has been recommended to remain quiet and to lie down every day and indeed she has lately found that exertion of the body or mind, brings on the malady. The [doctor] who has attended her, says that with care and rest, she will recover. It appears that at present she cannot be very useful anywhere.

Her class now meets in her house and a cottage prayer meeting is just by her gate. Sister G. 'appears much stirred up and takes an active part in it, tho not a member. She reads and talks and reads again with much spirit. Twice I have omitted that means, as I found my complaint return after it…'

[Ann] Jordan has not yet been to visit her - she had a letter from her the same day that Tooth's arrived. Her husband has not been well which has delayed her coming to Norfolk, but she means to come as soon as possible.

[Rosamund] Tooth appears in a very precarious state [of health]. Gregson [and Boyce] send their best wishes.

Spiritual matters are discussed in reference to the continuing economic troubles. In this parish the labouring poor have conducted themselves very peaceably. The Rector has dropped his tithe [payments] and the farmers have agreed to pay more wages to the poor, so that everything is peaceful.

Gregson shall leave room for Boyce to write a few lines and therefore hasted to conclude with regards to Miss Hazelwood, Mrs Hurd, Miss Dorset and other friends at Bridgnorth.

From Sarah Boyce to Mary Tooth

Reference is made to [Rosamund Tooth's] illness. Spiritual matters are discussed.

'This is but the beginning of sorrow. O that the people understand this, O that they may learn righteousness. There is a shaking among the dry bones here, may the holy spirit of the Lord blow upon them…I have had a weight on my mind for some time to see my dear friend [Rosamund Tooth or Martha Gregson?] increasing in weakness. If the Lord call her to himself, the Church will lose a pillar and the poor a friend though their loss will be her eternal gain…'

Spiritual matters are described in detail.