Letter

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From Mark Robinson in Beverley to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. Robinson received an ‘account’ from one of the preachers concerning [John] Fletcher, which he has read and wishes to know from Mary Fletcher whether it is true or false. This is especially the case since Robinson sincerely loves John Fletcher ever since reading the ‘unanswerable’ checks and some of his other writings.

The account, which Robinson read, stated that after his death John Fletcher appeared to his wife and told her that he was happy and that she would achieve the same as long as she continued on the Christian path. Robinson would be very obliged if Fletcher could confirm the truth or otherwise of this report.

Robinson has also been told by the dissenting minister of this place that on John Fletcher’s deathbed, one of his friends said that he [Fletcher] had ‘works enough to recommend him to heaven.’ Fletcher lifted his hand and said that he had in fact trusted too much in his own works.

They have an old gentleman recently come here to live by the name of Thompson. Robinson understands that Thompson has been a preacher for some forty years. This man has mentioned to Robinson that he called one day at Madeley to see John Fletcher but that he was out and Mary gave him a glass of wine and the next time he came on the same errand, John Fletcher was dead. Thompson says that he kneeled on Fletcher’s grave and prayed for a measure of the same spirit to rest upon him and that God answered his prayer. He has had more liberty to preach since that time. Robinson mentions this with the thought that Fletcher may remember him. If so, she will no doubt be pleased to read that Thompson is ‘still in the way’ although his physical appearance is of one who is ’calmly waiting until the glorious change comes’.

In a postscript, Robinson asks that Fletcher reply to ‘Mark Robinson, woollen and linen draper, Beverley, Yorkshire.’ He joined the Methodist society about four years ago