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From Joseph Peake in Newcastle under Lyne to Mary Tooth. It is now many years since he last saw Tooth - in company with a friend of Peake’s from the Staffordshire potteries and ‘old mother [Elizabeth] Bartlam’, both of whom are now deceased. He has never forgotten the ‘sacred interesting hour’ that he spent under Tooth’s roof. Peake has been told that Tooth’s sister [Rosamund] is also dead.

He expects to be in the vicinity of Madeley the Sunday after next for a quick visit. He has a dinner appointment at Ironbridge and would welcome the opportunity of half an hour’s conversation with Tooth at about 3 o’clock. Spiritual matters are discussed.

After Madeley, Peake must quickly head for Shrewsbury to meet the Holyhead mail [stage coach] on the Monday.