From Elizabeth Mortimer at River Terrace [Islington, London] to [Mary] Fletcher in Madeley. Dear Lady Mary [Fitzgerald] is on the whole much better and [Richard] Pearson thinks that she may live for some time yet. She has frequent attacks of gout and is often afflicted with bile but only at intervals. Lady Mary has long thought about parting with [her maid] Elizabeth, but considered that if she was to die soon, it ‘would not be well’ and therefore put off the act. Now she is determined and Mortimer is looking on her behalf for a suitable person to take Elizabeth’s place. ‘Elizabeth has less relish for the things of God than ever and Lady Mary, now that she is cut off from means, [the means of grace i.e. attendance at public worship, particularly the sacraments] longs to have praying spirits around her. The cook is an excellent young woman and I have written to Molly Hunt at Bristol, who if she can see it her call, to attend our dear friend and bear with the confinement, I think will do.’
Mrs Beardmore (formerly Miss Owen) has long been ill and is now on her deathbed. ‘Her prospects into eternity are clear and her comforts strong.’
They are as blessed with their preachers this year as Fletcher is in Madeley. They are men of piety with great gifts and the Lord is at work within the society.
Spiritual matters are discussed.
Mortimer received Fletcher’s letter respecting [Dorothy] Downes – both [Frances] Pawson and Mrs Lucas wrote accounts of her [for inclusion in the Methodist Magazine] but neither is fit for the public eye. [Joseph] Benson can glean what he can from the three accounts and publish accordingly.
[Harvey Walklate Mortimer] and her step-daughter Mary send their regards to Fletcher and [Mary] Tooth.