Letter

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From Rebecca Longmore in Oswestry to Mary Tooth. She is sorry that she has not been able to write before. She received Tooth’s kind letter with the accompanying books, delivered by [John] Wheelhouse.

The congregations here are considerably increased and there appears to be a generally good feeling within the society. Mr Becket was going to get married but has apparently abandoned the idea as there is talk that the woman concerned has a husband living in America. Wheelhouse has expelled her from the society and suspended him.

Last Sunday they had a love feast. She has never attended one at which there was so little time lost – the people wished it to be continued an hour longer. There were several who came eight miles to attend it. The congregations are also greatly increased in the country places and Wheelhouse is hoping that these signs herald good days to come.

The class, which Tooth was the means of starting, has regularly met since Tooth left. The first time, there were three present in addition to the ‘person appointed to meet them’ [the leader – Longmore herself?]. Two have been added since then. How they will fare is uncertain because of the poor ability of the leader.

Longmore called upon Mrs Cooper the other day and asked her what she can say to Tooth concerning her [Cooper]. Her reply was that she must tell Tooth that she has never met in class at all. They have only been out begging once and then called upon very few only. They shall go out again some day soon.

How is Tooth’s good friend Mrs Heid? Longmore’s regards should be presented to her and likewise to [Rosamund Tooth].

Since Tooth was here, [Longmore’s daughter] Rebecca has been very sick and her mother is very sick that a fever will remove her from this world. There are no doubts however that the Lord has been at work in her soul. They need Tooth’s prayers.

Business has certainly increased these last few weeks; the Lord has condescended to show her favour. Many people are still wary of her and she often feels that she has been left alone in a wilderness.

Between one thing and another, she seems to have no time for writing letters. It is getting late and she is very tired. Tomorrow is market day and on Thursday morning, she has to travel to Shrewsbury where she will post this letter.

Longmore’s health has improved a great deal in the last fortnight. She trusts that Tooth has got over her cold and that she will take better care of herself from now on.

If Tooth sees [George] Hartshorne, she should mention to him that Longmore has not yet received the butter tub and that she is surprised that she has not heard from him.

In a postscript, she adds that the butter tub was due to some mistake, in Shrewsbury the day that she expected, but it will be there in a few days. She would be obliged if Tooth could inform Hartshorne accordingly.