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From Alscott to Mary Tooth. Jenkins reached home safely in good time and did not suffer anger [from any of her family]. On the morning of the second day after her return, mother was safely delivered of a baby boy. Mother is doing well, but the infant lived for just a few hours, long enough for an [Anglican?] minister to baptize him Richard. ‘I feel grieved yet I cannot but rejoice knowing that it is taken from the evil to come. I could say to the parents, the distressed mother weep not for this child but weep for yourselves and your other children…’

Her love should be passed to Miss Dorset and Miss Hurd, and also to Tooth’s sister [Rosamund].

[Partly transcribed in Memoirs of Miss Sarah Jenkins by Mary Tooth (London: Methodist Book Room, 1829), 57]