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From Anne Tripp in Leeds to Mary Tooth in Madeley. More than a month has passed since Tripp received Tooth's last kind letter, which brought the excellent news of Mary Fletcher's improvement in health. Tripp is anxious to hear how she is now. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail. She is thankful that Tripp is using the hemlock - 'if any human means can do good, that will.'

This has been a trying winter for many people, particularly the elderly and many have died. Poor Mr Marsden died soon after his wife - his end was quite unexpected. Tripp has not heard any particulars, except that his 'spirit was much altered for the better, ever since the death of his wife.' Their dear friend Mrs Atkinson has also passed away at the age of 83. Tripp met a friend who used to visit Atkinson and 'asked her the state of her mind; she said Jesus was always presnt with; and precious to her. I am now the only one of the Leyton[stone] family that I know of remaining ...'

Tripp has had a severe attack of her old complaint this winter, but has been better since the storm broke.

She trusts that Tooth will be given sufficient strength for the current trials and 'be made perfect in your weakness.'

[Eleanor] Dickenson is well and sends her love to Tooth and Fletcher. She considered writing, but did not want to add to Tooth's burden with a letter.