From Ann Warren [wife of the prominent Wesleyan minister Samuel Warren] in Chester to Mary Tooth at Mary Fletcher's Vicarage in Madeley. Warren heard from Mr [Edward] Oakes that Mrs Fletcher is very ill, and she is taking the opportunity presented by a friend passing through Madeley on the way to Cheltenham to send this note to ask for news. Warren fears from Mr Oakes' account that 'your Elijah is about to be taken ... soon'. The Church has long been favoured with her labour, and they must, like Elisha, submit to this translation. Warren wishes that she could 'catch her spirit'. She shall always thank God for the blessing of her 'one interview with the venerable Saint, the memory of her kindness to me, and wise instructions relative to my situation remain to this day lively in my mind ... My heart now fills at the recollection of that condescending affability with which she instructed me in matters of deep concern to myself and the Church of Christ ...'.
The friends by whom this letter is being delivered (Mr Marris et al) would be grateful for an opportunity to see Mrs Fletcher - hopefully, she will not be too indisposed.
Warren would like Mrs Fletcher to be informed that Warren's soul is fully engaged in the work of the Lord. She is currently visiting for a short time with her sister. Warren's dear husband is at the district meeting. Warren can be contacted at the house of Miss Williams, the draper in Chester.
In a postscript, she adds that the dear friends who are delivering this letter are members of the Manchester Methodist society. Mr Marris is class leader. 'They wish to see the plain and precious relict of one [John Fletcher] whose works have been to them as well as thousands more so great a blessing.'
Mr Oakes also sends his best wishes.