From K[atherine] Whitmore in Cotsbrook to Mary Tooth in Madeley. They were very grateful for Tooth and [Mary] Fletcher's kind letter. That they did not consider her fears to be 'impertinent' was a great comfort. Spiritual matters are discussed.
Their prayers for dear Beckbury would be welcome for 'it is a dark place, much wickedness abounds, and just round this neigbourhood, true gospel preaching and doctrine is deemed to be enthusiastical, if not inimical to the Church [of England]. Therefore, though my feeble reading has been tolerated, but I suspect disapproved [of], I feared more able instructors might occasion without some security a disagreeable storm to baffle the good work ...'.
Whitmore is sad that the winter weather, with its sudden changes, has impacted on [Mary] Fletcher's health. Whitmore's sister is as well as when Tooth last saw her; Whitmore herself is much better and thinks that Mr Bailey's medical advice will soon allow her to leave the house. She has been confined here ever since the meeting at Neighbour Ward's.
Whitmore is sending to Tooth the account of Daniel Chadwick. She is sorry that the document is so dirty. but she does not have time to make a copy. She thinks that the messenger from Apley put the account in a basket with rabbits or other game, which accounts for its condition.