[The handwriting is difficult to read at several points in this letter.]
From Birmingham. Ludlow trusts that Tooth received the note – it was sent with Mr Smith. It stated that Ludlow had received a letter from her husband [William] asking her to return home at once as he was very ill. Ludlow left by the coach on Monday morning and she arrived home just in time to ‘dress a blister’ that he had applied to his side and which had to a good extent, removed the pain. Mr Waddy137 thinks that he has over-exerted himself. Ludlow feared that this would happen as [William] has been extremely anxious ‘to get one little concern strait that I may return home. He has paid £3 beside[?] [unreadable word] & [unreadable word] which is a good deal considering the badness of trade. Must trouble you to send the money with the cloathes on Friday by the new coach, wanting part of it to pay & the other to get up an order we have providentially had. Mr Loxton not being able to give much work at present. I think we are £5 better for my journey to Madeley…’
Ludlow called upon [Ann] Jordan this morning and delivered the message. She seemed grieved that she had not written and promised to do so immediately. During the conversation, ‘I said I had heard you [unreadable word] not return your former piety, but I found it exceeding false. She smiled as though she had heard something of it & said people will talk. I think you will find in her letter that she still returns her friendship.’
Tooth will smile when she reads that [William] overtook Mrs Russell on his road home from Bridgnorth three weeks ago. She had been at Madeley. When Samuel informed her that Ludlow was at Tooth’s home, she expressed the hope that Ludlow would not suffer any spiritual loss as a result because she had heard that Tooth ‘had most assuredly fallen from grace’. If Ludlow could see Russell, she could inform her that in fact her soul had been quickened by contact with Tooth, both through her example and her precept, but she knows that Tooth cares little what people think.
Ludlow drank tea with the new preacher[?] at Bridgnorth. She thinks that he seems likely to do some good there. [Much of the rest of the sentence is either difficult to read or understand, although there is a reference to Ludlow’s aunt and uncle].
[William] had arranged to meet Ludlow in Bridgnorth last Monday but was taken ill on the Friday evening. The Lord blessed his soul much through his reading of [unreadable name’s] journal which he took home with him from Alscott.
Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.
Her regards should be passed to Miss Haselwood and her other Madeley friends.
- Waddy and Cartwright, Surgeons of 21 Whittall Street, Birmingham (National Commercial Directory 1835)