From Pulley to [Mary Fletcher]. Last Friday a Methodist preacher called with Fletcher's letter, for which she was thankful. Flavel was extremely low for some days after parting with Fletcher, 'but now I think my prospect heaven ward brightens'. She has a little plan for reading and prayer which she finds useful. Flavel would have liked to have seen Fletcher alone but Mr Fox said that it would have been an intrusion.
Flavel felt that she had lost all her 'earthly prop' when her father died - her best friend, 'one who was instant in prayer'. Her father held [John] Fletcher as a model for his sons - one died as soon as he had taken orders 'ripe for glory' [John?]. Flavel's other brother was a lovely youth, the son of their father's old age - he [her brother] died about three years since, having studied 'physic' so that he could be a help to the poor.
Flavel will take Mrs Bridgman on Fletcher's recommendation. She can come for a few weeks at first to see how they like one another. 'I am only going from home for a few weeks, it was thought advisable for change of scene £ by the time I return perhaps the young person will be at liberty.'
- John Flavel 1774-1797) was born at Westbury in Shropshire. He was educated at Clare College Cambridge and was ordained deacon in the Church of England in June 1797. He died later that month at North Raunceby in Lincolnshire. Source: Alumni Cantabrigienses 1752-1900 by J. A. Venn (1944)