Letter

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From Cam near Dursley. She is in 'much weakness and infirmity' but wishes nevertheless to acknowledge Tooth's very kind letter. Holloway has been confined by illness [she was pregnant] for nearly eight weeks. Spiritual matters are discussed, with specific regard to Holloway's own spiritual state.

Dear [Thomas] Ashton [the Dursley Circuit minister]' is as a guardian angel - a messenger of grace & love…' He has affectionate memories of Tooth. Holloway knows of none who more clearly resembles [John] Fletcher in spirit.

There has been some deaths in the circuit. Spiritual matters are discussed.

The account of [Mary Fletcher] which appeared in this month's Methodist Magazine has been read with much interest.

Holloway's husband [Samuel] sends his best wishes.

Continuation of a letter written two months later

In the two months since the above was written, Holloway has been 'thro the water & fire…' Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

Holloway was delivered of a son on March 30 and gradually recovered from that experience. Her family now consists of two boys and three girls, the oldest of which is eleven.

Spiritual matters are discussed.

Note

  • Thomas Ashton (1768-1854) was born in London. Raised by devout parents, he was converted at the age of eighteen and received his first class ticket from John Wesley himself. Ashton entered the itinerancy in 1801 and worked as a circuit minister in England and Wales until superannuation in 1837. He spent his retirement in Bath. Source: Minutes of Conference 1854 and Hill's Arrangement 1853

Note

Note

  • Thomas Ashton (1768-1854) was born in London. Raised by devout parents, he was converted at the age of eighteen and received his first class ticket from John Wesley himself. Ashton entered the itinerancy in 1801 and worked as a circuit minister in England and Wales until superannuation in 1837. He spent his retirement in Bath. Source: Minutes of Conference 1854 and Hill's Arrangement 1853