From M[ary] Whittingham in Potten to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. She should have responded to Fletcher's kind letter long before now and informed her aunt of the Lord's dealings with them.
Whittingham was very moved to discover from Fletcher's letter that people were praying for her. The Lord certainly answered their pleas on her behalf. 'I had a very favourable time, and every circumstance seemed ordered so as to be most for my comfort, and convenience. I am blessed with a lovely boy who grows finely, and is as quiet as a lamb, for he is always in a good humour and cries very little. He is much admired by our friends, as he is a very promising child in his appearance, and one of them was a godly minister in this neighbourhood, and was one of his godfathers, seems much drawn out to pray for him that he may be an instrument of bringing many souls unto Jesus. He was privately baptised by his father [Richard Whittingham], and this day 3 weeks, he was solemnly dedicated to the Lord ... the minister above mentioned, his wife, and another Christian minister being his sponsors. The evening preceding, one of the ministers met many of our dear people in our house, and spoke from these words "Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King"[Psalm 149:1]...'
Mr [Melville] Horne is not far distant from them [parish of Olney] and they hope he will be able to visit them in a short time, as they long to be acquainted with him. Whittingham is also keen 'to derive instruction from the conduct and example of his wife, who I suppose is a very excellent woman.'
[Whittingham's daughter] Marianne has been very ill of a rheumatic complaint, which took away the use of her limbs, but the Lord has been graciously pleased to restore her to full health.
She saw Mr [Charles] Simeon recently. He and Whittingham's husband are good friends. Her son Samuel grows into a fine youth and pays a great deal of attention to his learning. Eliza is well and little John has not yet had a days illess.