Letter

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From Thomas Jacks to [Mary] Tooth. Jacks has been requested by the ‘friends’ [term used by Methodists to describe one another] at Nabb to remind Tooth that she had promised to pay them a visit. [Nabb was a mining community near Oakengates in Shropshire, The Methodist society was established here by 1813. A chapel was built two years later and there were sixty-two members in 1829.]

They would be very pleased to have her ‘speak’ [preach] to them on Sunday the 12th inst., if convenient. It is Brother Bennet’s ‘appointment’ and is at 2.30 in the afternoon and 6 in the evening. They would be pleased if she could take one or both of the appointments. [Bennet is listed as number twenty on the 1813 Shrewsbury circuit plan, indicating that he was quite senior. Source: Information provided by John Lenton.]

[One tactic used by female preachers and their supporters to circumvent Conference restrictions of women preaching, was the ‘last minute’ replacement by a woman of a male local preacher. Alternatively, this may have been a genuine case of Tooth replacing a preacher who was unable to make his appointment.]