From [Robert] Bernard at Mount Pleasant to Mary Tooth at Madeley. He has been asked by his wife to write Tooth a few lines on her behalf. They suppose that she has read a little pamphlet by Dr [Thomas] Pole of Bristol which [unreadable name] sent to Mary Fletcher, and if so then she will be aware of the schools for adults. Some friends here wish to start up such an establishment, but lack a teacher. They think that they could find one young man willing to assist, but want one other either male or female. Does Tooth know of any suitable person willing to do such work either with or without recompense? The school would be on a small scale, so that two teachers would be sufficient at least at first. They believe that two hours work on two separate evenings a week would be enough. 'Young persons would not answer the end unless they are very grave and steady'.
Their regards should be passed to [Mary] Fletcher.
- Dr Thomas Pole (1753-1829); American-born Quaker and educationalist. Pole was a trained doctor and philanthropist who founded with William Smith the first schools for the education of the adult poor in England.