From Mary Davies in Worcester. She was very obliged for Tooth's kind letter. Spiritual matters are discussed. She was pleased to read that [Mary] Fletcher is still able to go out. Davies hopes to be able to visit Madeley in the Summer and hear one of her lectures.
A small class has begun in this neighbourhood. Mrs and Miss Knapp send their regards, and Davies's parents likewise.
She was very obliged for the tract. Davies read it to the 'small flock' and they appeared very pleased with it.
From Mary Tooth to Mary Davies
They were Speaking about Mary on the very day that her letter arrived. They pray for her, that she may be a blessing to the little flock committed to her care. They were thankful that the tracts were useful and she has enclosed another containing a great deal of instruction.
Last Sunday Tooth was at Coalport and although the roads were very dirty, nevertheless there was a 'crowded house'. Tooth has never had a more solemn time with them. She, tried 'to make a few observations on some circumstances that have lately occurred in these parts. One of which was a man at Coalport that undertook to take a will message to Bridgnorth saying, to the person that was asking him to do so, I wideliver the message this very night. But instead of going down in his [unreadable word], he was a corps that night, & was fetched by his son to [Bridgnorth] the next day to be buried. He was smoking his pipe when he down in his [unreadable word]. Several persons saw him & ran to him but I believe he never uttered a single word from the time they came to him. & what it made it the more awful, he was a drunkard & a swearer. Another circumstance I named to them occurred about 5 miles from Madeley. A gentleman was swearing at a most dreadful rate in his yard one night, & in the morning was found lifeless in his bed. Some other account I had just received I also gave them of some colliers being dashed to pieces in some pits very near…a deep attention sat on the face of all present…'
Next Sunday Tooth plans to be at [Thomas] Molineaux's where she trusts the Lord will also be present.
She must now hurry to finish this letter as she is to go and attend the preaching at Coalport tonight.
Dear Fletcher is quite unwell with a bad cough and has been confined to the house for some weeks. Hopefully when the weather improves, she will be able to resume her very useful labours.