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From Alscott to Miss James at Mr Bayley’s house, Manchester Square, Hinde Street Chapel, London. James will no doubt be disappointed at not receiving a letter before now, but Jenkins has been very busy at this harvest time.

Jenkins spoke to Miss Bywater concerning the Wyken House and after due consideration, she told her that she was unable to agree with the arrangement as her parents were unwilling that she should leave home and as they are pious, she thinks it her duty to obey them in every respect.

To this point, Jenkins had not mentioned it to her [own] father, as she did not think that James would like to take the house without a partner. Jenkins would advise James to think no more about this at present but come directly to Shropshire, to Miss Tooth’s house without delay, and God will no doubt direct James through Tooth’s counsel, to the right settlement of her life. Her father has not let or sold the Wyken House and seems very indifferent about it at present.

Jenkins has not seen Miss Tooth since harvest began, but wrote to her the other day to say that Jenkins had heard from James and that she had sent her regards to Tooth. She supposes that Tooth will write next week to ask that her love be passed to James and she will be extremely happy to see James at Madeley. Tooth thinks that this possibility with the Wyken House represented an opening but that she did not want to either encourage or discourage but that the Lord will order it according to his will. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

The work of God prospers here although they are much persecuted, especially from within families. Nevertheless, Jenkins has never felt such peace as she has this last month or two. It is a great comfort to have a friend and companion in her brother [John] and sister [Jane]. Both John and their little brother [William] have ‘found peace’ since she returned home from London. Reference is made to William having to suffer persecution.

When Jenkins was in London, James mentioned that she could get her some Sunday school books free of charge and she would therefore be obliged if she would get her some copies. If it is not possible to get them free, Miss Tooth thinks that they should buy some. They began to teach a few children almost as soon as Jenkins returned, but were obliged to discontinue last Sunday as they now have no meeting place. They intend to begin again as soon as possible as the parents and children are very disappointed.

[Part of the rest of the letter is missing] Jenkins supposes that it will give James pleasure to hear that they hope to soon have a chapel. Her love should be given to Mrs Bayley and Jane.