Letter

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From Shawbury to [Mary Fletcher].He is very grateful for Fletcher’s sympathy in Mayor’s recent trouble and particularly her efforts on behalf of [his daughter] Jane. [See MAM/FL/5/7/5] Fletcher’s letter relieved him of his fears concerning her and he has hope that she will escape the infection as he discovers that neither of the children have signs of it. Mrs Evans thought that she might have caught it by once wiping her hands in a hurry on a servant’s towel. Mayor himself suspects that he might have symptoms as the boy washed his feet and it seems impossible that he would not have caught it after such contact. Rum has been his only rub-on treatment so far [In accordance with John Wesley’s remedy in Primitive Physick for treatment of the ‘itch’. See MAM/FL/5/7/5. ] - it gives immediate ease even if it does not cure. They have also all swallowed a concoction of treacle and brimstone, ‘which I think very proper when any outward application is made to prevent, by keeping the body open, the ill consequences of obstructed perspiration.’

Mayor’s second daughter Ann [Ann, daughter of John and Ann Mayor was baptised at Shawbury Parish Church on 19 February 1790. International Genealogical Index.] was very sick a few days back, but is now much better. Her symptoms were very like those of the measles. Mayor hopes that they can avoid additional troubles, yet at the same wants an affliction as he feels that his ‘heart is very stupid & hard. O for a sanctified use of trouble.’

Yesterday he hired a servant who he hopes will be of use in the dairy. He has another maidservant in the house who is very energetic and wants to remain, which he thinks that he will agree to.