From Margaret Jukes in Birmingham. At Caroline’s request, she is writing to inform Tooth that Mr Good died on April 20. He had been confined to his room through illness for thirteen weeks during which time Caroline was in constant attendance. Such was her care, that Jukes expected her to become ill herself but God was with her and she is better than one might expect.
Tooth’s dear old friend the preacher Mr [William] Griffith called the other day and asked that his love be passed on. He would have been glad to have seen her - Jukes told him that Tooth was expected to visit Birmingham in a short time. Caroline etc also sends her love to Tooth and Mrs Legg if she is with Tooth. Caroline will be pleased to accommodate Tooth when she comes here, as she is to remain in that house for twelve months. Tooth should let them know when she intends to make the trip.
Mr G. [Good?] has left the greater part of his property to the Charity Institution.
Tooth should pass on Mrs Britten’s love to Mr and Mrs Farmer, with the news that Mr Britten has not been at work much this winter. In consequence of which they are no better off than previously.
Jukes is pleased to report that the Lord is still at work in her soul. Her lodger is a good Christian and is also teetotal. Jukes is now going out to her class.
- William Griffith (1777-1860) was converted as a young man under Methodist influence. He commenced Christian work in 1801 when he attached himself to the 'Community' in London, an association formed for outreach among the poor and especially for visiting workhouses. In 1808 he was persuaded by Dr Thomas Coke to offer himself for missionary work and subsequently served three years in Gibraltar. On his return to England in 1811, he entered circuit work and served in the south of England until superannuation in 1850. He spent his remaining years in Bristol. Griffith's son of the same name, was expelled from the ministry in 1849 for his involvement in the movement for Wesleyan reform. Source: Minutes of Conference 1860 and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)