Letter

Scope and Content

To [Mary] Fletcher at Madeley. Her letter was very welcome, not that she had the least fear about Fletcher’s journey, but she feels that her soul has a ‘sweet & sacred fellowship & union with yours’. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

About three or four weeks ago, she felt a ‘great enfeebling, a sudden relaxation such an [unreadable word] by urine & some little feverishness & dissolving sweats yt made me feel dissolution at hand’. However, some medicine gave her some relief and she was instructed to go to a place in the country not far from Bristol where she is now. Spiritual matters are discussed.

Johnson was very grateful for the present and will send all the books as directed. She has not heard anything about Hannah [unreadable word], but has heard that she has had a great deal of business in her shop.

Mrs Berkin has come home and has written to Johnson with some excuses. She has replied honestly and if Berkin takes this well, then Johnson will take this as a sign for the good.

She has heard nothing from Brother Rodar about Mrs [Sarah] Barry’s [probably the wife of the itinerant James Barry] son since Johnson contacted him by Brother Broadhurst – when Bosanquet sees either one of the preachers, could she ask them about it?

[James and Sarah Barry had six sons at Kingswood School at the time that this letter was witten. Source: Information provided by John Lenton.]

In a postscript, Jenny asks that her regards be passed to Fletcher and Sally [Lawrance] – she has been greatly affected by Johnson’s illness.

[This letter must postdate Mary Bosanquet’s marriage to John Fletcher in November 1781]