From Rebecca Longmore [daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Longmore] in Oswestry to Mary Tooth. She was very grateful for the ‘valuable bit of paper you have sent me’ [specimen of John or Mary Fletcher’s handwriting] – Tooth was once so kind as to favour her mother in a similar way, ‘but soon after she came here, she gave it to Mr Turner, now at Shrewsbury, who was then in the Wrexham circuit, to look at. He prevailed her to let him take it home, promising to bring it with him, the next time he came to Oswestry, she has however never been able to get it - this document is therefore doubly valuable.
It was distressing to receive such a poor account of her health but hopefully she will be restored with the return of the warmer weather. She thinks that mother has already told Tooth that she is thinking of abandoning the business – they have advertised it for sale this week and hope that they will soon have a buyer which will allow them to spend some time in the sea air this autumn. Mother is considering then moving to Shrewsbury and renting a room or two. Everything is however very uncertain at present.
Longmore is pleased to report that she has been feeling much better this last fortnight than has been the case for some time. Mother is as well as usual.
Her regards should be passed to Mrs [Ann] Taylor78 and Miss Taylor and any other friends.
- Ann Taylor (1770-1842) was the wife of the Wesleyan minister Samuel Taylor (d.1821). She moved to Madeley in Shropshire after her husband's death and died there after a long illness. Source: Methodist Magazine 1842, 1046