From Margaret Harcourt in Bristol. She was very glad to embrace the opportunity of sending a line to her honoured and dear friend. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.
She heard [John] Fletcher preach last night and ‘felt much cause for thankfulness’. They were all very pleased to see him here and would have been equally glad to have seen his wife ‘as the rememberance of your conversation is truly proffitable to many who often speak of you with great love’. Harcourt would be very pleased to receive a letter from Fletcher as her previous correspondence has been very helpful.
The work of the Lord prospers here. God has sent able ministers of the New Testament this year and she trusts their labour will not be in vain.
- Margaret Harcourt (d. 1791) was a lay Methodist of Bristol. She was subject to religious impressions from an early age and was converted at the age of seventeen while living in Worcester. Some years later she moved to London and was introduced to Mary Fletcher with whom she maintained a correspondence thereafter. Despite suffering from poor health, Harcourt was very active as a class leader and visitor of the sick and those in prison. After a long period of sickness, she died in Bristol on May 17 1791. Source: Arminian Magazine 1791, 557-562 and MAM/FL/3/15/1