From Henrietta Roberts in Wellington to Mary Tooth. Henrietta is hopeful that she will meet face to face with Tooth shortly and is therefore sending just a few lines. She has a great attachment to Tooth and is sorry that the time will come when John and Henrietta will be stationed out of the area and she will no longer be able to enjoy Tooth’s company.
All things being well, they will be with Tooth on Saturday. They would be grateful if Tooth could let them know what time to expect the cart. ‘Mrs [Mary?] Parsons of Shrewsbury is staying among her friends [and] will spend a day or two with us, and probably will encroach on Mr [Richard?] Williams’ kindness, for a seat to Madeley with us. She has never seen it and much wishes to spend the Sabbath there. And during the interval between I saw her till she came here again – she saw Mr S. Smith who invited her to his house, and it is her present intention to accompany us, and thence to Shrewsbury on Monday.’ Mrs [John] Hughes has not returned but will remain until the latter part of next week.
Annotated by Mary Tooth and presumably returned to Roberts as a note – ‘I shall not be able to go on Saturday as it is our busy[?] day. Shall send a careful man – say – to be at Wellington betwixt 12 and 1… Mrs Parsons is heartily to ride in cart’
- Mary Parsons (1771-1848) was a devout member of the Shrewsbury Wesleyan society for 44 years. At the time of her death on January 5th 1848 she was the oldest Wesleyan in the town. Source: Methodist Magazine 1848, 799 and Fletcher-Tooth collection (MAM/FL, MCA)
- Richard Williams (d.1832) was a brazier in Ludlow, Shropshire. Despite opposition he was a member of the Methodist society in Ludlow for many years and served as a chapel trustee at Madeley Wood from 1807. Nevertheless he was not fully converted until a short time before his death which occurred in June 1832. Williams had been acquainted with the prominent female evangelists Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher and Mary Tooth. Source: Arminian Magazine 1832, 689 and Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC)