From Shrewsbury, to [Mary] Fletcher in Madeley. D'Arcy shall never forget her happiness this day in meeting Fletcher and hearing her 'precious words'. Spiritual matters are discussed.
She would be grateful for Fletcher's prayers for herself and also her friends and in particular for her cousin Samuel Dopping[?] and also her dear brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces etc. As for Samuel Dopping, if he was converted to God then he would be one of the brightest ornaments in the Christian world, for he is 'very amiable, tender-hearted, learned & elegant & he is uncommonly charitable, spending not less than a thousand a year in charity - he is besides a very honourable, upright man & indulgent & kindhearted to every body'. However he lives in a country where the gospel is not known [Ireland], and if he were a zealous Christian he would build a chapel where the gospel might be preached, and it might be the means of bringing thousands to Christ.
It is many years since D'Arcy 'travelled[?] with this dear cousin this road & I was also with him & his sister at Coalbrook Dale, but I did not then know of Madeley nor of dear Mrs Fletcher…I have a brother who is Rector of a parish in Ireland [Joshua D'Arcy of..KiRalon in the diocese of Meath], would to God that HE & every one of us were -altogether & entirely like YOU).
Her respects should be passed on to [Mary] Tooth and everyone under Fletcher's roof. D'Arcy shall never forget the dear vicarage or its residents.
She has packed the cakes to take home to Ireland. She shall give one to her cousin and the other to Mrs Blashford. D'Arcy shall also plant the rosemary and lavender. She shall love it the more because it grew at Madeley.
Once she arrives in Dublin, she shall write again and tell Fletcher something of the dear Miss [Hely] Hutchinsons[?]. She is to set off early tomorrow morning.
- Alicia or Alice D'Arcy (fl.1810) was the daughter of James D'Arcy (1740-1803) of Hyde Park in County Westmeath, Ireland. She came from an ancient and highly distinguished family, which had included a number of baronies and the extinct Earldom of Holderness. She was a close friend and correspondent of the female evangelists Mary Fletcher and Mary Tooth. It does not appear that she ever married. Source: Burke's Landed Gentry (1853 and 1898) and Fletcher-Tooth collection