From [Birmingham].Ludlow had thought of seeing Tooth in person before now but her way has been somewhat blocked by Richard Hart who has been staying with the Ludlows ever since Tooth was here. She did once fix a day to come [to Madeley] but fell ill and now her youngest son is very ill. Trade is bad but she thinks that everything is working towards her spiritual good.
She is pleased that there seems to be a prospect of good work being done in Madeley. She was greatly surprised to hear of Mrs Harper’s ‘confinement’ [through poor health] – her love should be passed on.
Ludlow believes that [Ann] Jordan has been very ill – she has just heard that Mrs J, [Jordan] is in fact better.
Ludlow does not know if she can visit Tooth before the Spring. She would very much like to come. Her husband [William] joins in sending love.
Ludlow’s little class increases. One new preacher seems likely to be useful – ‘I think Mr [Ebenezer] Moulton is the preacher’s son you were acquainted with [stationed in the Birmingham Cherry Street circuit during the connexional years 1839-40]. He appears a man of an excellent spirit’.
Mrs [Jane] Loxton kindly gave Ludlow a ticket to go to a band meeting. She had a very profitable time.
- Ebenezer Moulton (1809-85) was the son of the Wesleyan minister William Moulton. He was born in Nottingham and was educated at Kingswood School between 1818 and 1823. He was converted in early life and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1835. His circuit ministry of forty-one years was exercised in England and Wales. Moulton superannuated in 1876 and settled in the Yorkshire town of Wetherby, where he continued to labour as a class leader and in pastoral work until his final illness. Source: Minutes of Conference 1885 and History of Kingswood School by ‘Three Old Boys’ (London., 1898)