From K[atherine] Whitmore in Cotsbrook to [Mary Tooth]. When they returned last night after being wonderfully refreshed at Madeley, they found several letters waiting for them - one was from a friend who is anxious 'in a change that is going to take place in the nursery, for to get a religious, well-qualified superintendent of the dear children. There are three little boys, the youngest 15 months only ... there is no trouble. They are brought up all of them, to do almost everything for themselves, and there is an elder little fellow just gone to school. The wages [are] 12 guineas and if the washing is put out, eighteen pence a week allowed for it, that we are deeply interested in these children, you will readily believe. They have lost their mother, their kind aunt who at present supplies that parents place to them, is a sweet young creature humbly seeking the Lord. For her sake and for the children we wish a truly valuable woman may be found ... we want a person well skilled to put an infant on its feet, one whose mind has received the truth serving the Lord. She must be a good needle woman, for when her little charge can run alone, her chief business will be to work at her needle and wait on her gentle mistress and to be ready to show all attention to any lady visiting in the house. If you and dear Mrs [Mary] Fletcher know any one you could recommend, would you be so good to send her over to speak with my sister Dorothea, with a little note from you ...'
Their ride home last night was uncommonly pleasant. The donkey was in good humour and they found gratifying accounts of distant friends