Letter

Scope and Content

From Sarah Crosby (and Anne Tripp) in Leeds to Madeley. Various things have combined to prevent Crosby from answering Fletcher's last and indeed she cannot seem to make progress in anything. She finds that her strength has decreased more in the last year than in the last three combined. Sometimes she cannot bear to write and a languor seems to affect her so that she can only sit still. Spiritual matters are discussed. She thinks that on the whole however, she is as fit as can be expected at seventy-five years of age. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

Crosby was pleased to read that Fletcher's health is better and it was also good to hear about the young [Anglican] clergyman. She has been 'blessed' lately in reading some of [John] Fletcher's letters. [Eleanor] Dickinson received Fletcher's letter safely and was grateful for the same.

She agrees with Fletcher that they should pray for the nation, that God may ward off their implacable enemy [Napoleon Bonaparte].

[Anne] Tripp was afraid that the pain in her thigh stemmed from the same cause as the one in her breast, but thanks be to God it has been removed. Tripp was all the more alarmed because at about that time, James North's daughter's husband who lives in Sheffield, and is a good man, came to see [William] Hey with the same complaint in the same place. Hey cut it and let out five pints of 'matter' - she thinks that he let it out a pint at a time. The patient was very low and Hey told him to make all haste home and said that he did not have long to live. In fact, when he returned home he made a recovery and some time after that thought that he was quite better. He came over to Leeds to see friends and called on [Crosby and Tripp] and described what had happened. Old Mrs North [James North's widow] also called and sends her love. She is a fine old woman, eighty-one years of age.

Fletcher will have heard from Mrs Mortimer of Mrs Horner's sufferings in her breast - she has since died. There have been very many sudden deaths in this area and a great many bankruptcies. Business is very slack and trade virtually dead. Crosby's dear friend Tripp [who had a shop in Leeds] has been struggling to make payments, although she has cause to be thankful that she has had no losses by the taking of 'bad bills' which has hit many people.

Reference is made to poor Mrs Birkin's problems with her children. Spiritual matters are discussed.

Crosby has had trouble with her ears and suffers from regular deafness, which is a real problem when meeting classes etc. [Tripp] is also harder of hearing than previously although not as bad as Crosby. Tripp's eyes are however very bad and the glasses do not really help - certainly not as much as they do Crosby. Spiritual matters are discussed.