Letter

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From Saham Toney. Discovering that [William] and Mrs Stones from the Thetford circuit are going to Madeley, Gregson decided to take the opportunity of sending a few lines inside a letter to Mrs Stones, as [Sarah] Boyce is about to write to her.

Stones kindly invited them [Boyce and Gregson] to visit her at Thetford and preach there but the time has crept on and the opportunity has now gone.

Gregson hopes that Tooth will like [William] and Mrs Stones [stationed in the Madeley circuit from 1831 to 1833] - she appears a nice, mild, pious woman. Gregson heard him preach twice at Diss and was much pleased.

Madeley has indeed suffered a loss in Mr Cooper 'and the old barn was a place sacredly devoted to God, and connected with feelings of pleasure as it related to the faithful instruments and pillars of the Church that the Lord had blessed in that place…if one place of worship is taken away, he [God] will supply and bless them with his presence…'

Tooth has indeed much to do and her heart and hands are busy in the Lord's service. Reference is made to [Rosamund Tooth's] poor health. Spiritual matters are discussed.

Both their ministers [William Stones and Thomas Cutting] are to change this year and there is a regret in parting with their old friends. The new ones are strangers. They keep hoping and expecting a revival but it has not yet come - they want more of the spirit of love among themselves.

Gregson is daily hoping for a letter from [Ann] Jordan. The week after next was the time appointed for her coming. 'I do feel as if the Lord would be pleased to work by her for our good, and give us some sweet refreshing lessons, and in much mercy revive his work among us'.

[Sarah] Boyce will send a letter to Tooth, when Jordan returns [to Birmingham]. She is now writing to Mrs Stones whose letter she did not receive until yesterday.

[Boyce] has experienced sharp attacks of illness and feels much weaker in herself, but has nevertheless preached almost as much as usual. They would be very pleased to entertain Tooth if ever she comes to Norfolk. Gregson is pleased that her horse now suits Tooth well and it reminded her of a similar situation which Gregson had recently - she lately bought a large powerful animal that suits her very well and which has been valued at much more than she paid for it.

Gregson is much better for the sea air and warm bathing at Lowestoft. The friends there reminded her of the people at Madeley. They [Boyce and Gregson] spent five weeks there and it was almost six before they reached home again 'as we preached by the way' and spent three days with Gregson's sister Mrs Francis. Her husband [Francis] appears much in earnest after God and Gregson can see a great change in him.

Their regards should be passed to Miss Hazelwood, Mrs Hurd and all their other kind friends.