Letter

Scope and Content

From M. Micklewright in Kidderminster to Mary Tooth. As busy as Tooth is with her good work, she is sure that she will not be offended by Micklewright writing to her as this request ‘is also for the good of immortal souls, as you will see by the enclosed address of the Kidderminster friends [Methodists]’. Tooth’s influence could probably gain for them a small donation. Micklewright thought that a few individuals to whom Tooth has access and who can spare a little money, could be shown the address and the [subscriptions] book. If they would like to make a contribution, they could set down their names and addresses, with the sum of money that would like to give. The persons who Tooth had in mind were Mary and Rosamund Tooth, Mrs Hazlewood and her daughter, Mr Purton, Mrs Hurd, Mrs Ate, Mrs Harper, Mr Harper’s lawyer, Mrs Dutton of the Lloyd’s, Mr Pugh, Mr and Mrs Embrey and Mr [Richard?] Williams. If Tooth is still friendly with the Miss Whitmore’s, perhaps she could get something there and likewise the two Mr Smiths. The Kidderminster [Methodists] will also see what they can raise among themselves before they appeal to the public at large.

Micklewright hopes that Tooth has the satisfaction of seeing souls prosper and that there is an increase of those seeking Salvation. She would want to write much more but as it is, the shaking of her hand is such that she does not think that Tooth will be able to make much of her scrawl. Micklewright has much to thank God for – she can still see to read, she can do a little work and is able to get to chapel and attend class. She enjoys a ‘solid peace’ and a greater resignation to God’s will. She reflects on the life of [Mary Fletcher] and thinks that she has already ‘begun to walk in the good way’.

With regard to secular matters, Micklewright has many concerns. Her tenants are bad and repairs are expensive which make her an increasing burden to her son John who has a growing family. She is sure however that will not last long as she is entered into her seventy-ninth year.

Her love should be given to [Rosamund], Mrs Harper, Mrs Smith and Betty Turner (if she is still alive).

In a postscript she asks that Tooth have the kindness to pass the enclosed note with the address as directed. Tooth should also take charge of the [subscriptions] book and collect whatever money she can from her friends. The book and money must be returned by or on the 27th March as the collectors meet every fourth week to submit their accounts and pay what has been received into the hands of the treasurer.

Tooth should make up a parcel for Mr Barber. He will arrange to send it to Kidderminster via some conveyance. She receives the parcel the day after it leaves Madeley.