Letter

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From Anne Tripp in Leeds to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. Once again, it gave her great pleasure to receive a letter in Fletcher's own hand. She immediately passed on the enclosed £5 for Mrs Taylor - she is unable to write but asks that her thanks for the gift be passed on, and also for the manner in which it is sent, which saves on postage. She has been very ill but is now much better.

Fletcher's own kindness to Tripp has also been most helpful.

Tripp has been very pleased to hear that despite her frailty, Fletcher is still able to 'get among the dear people ... what a blessing to be assured though the earthly tabernacle is dissolving, you have a building above; where Jesus is gone before to prepare a mansion, and many dear friends are waiting to hail you on the eternal shore.' However, Tripp has a selfish wish that Fletcher's precious and useful life will be spared a while longer.

She trusts that Mr [George] Mortimer remains friendly to the Methodists and a help to Fletcher in her meetings, 'as he used to be'.

Tripp finds the infirmities of age are catching up with her, although she is better at present than for a long time. Spiritual matters are discussed.

Just after Tripp wrote last, Priscilla was struck with a violent attack of rhumatism, so that she could neither dress nor undress herself, or turn in her bed. They tried many things without effect. [William] Hey recommended a hot bath - this was very difficult, but has been beneficial. She has recovered well during the past few weeks. Spiritual matters are discussed. Just when Priscilla was recovering, their dear friend [Elizabeth] Mortimer send word that she was visiting Otley with her 2 daughters and would stay for a few days with Tripp on her way home. Tripp was pleased to be able to see her, as the last time that she was in the area, Tripp was ill with a fever. Ritchie seemed in a 'sweet loving spirit' and is obviously a great blessing to that family - the 2 girls seem very attached to her. Tripp received a letter to say that Mortimer had arrived safely home and found Mr [Harvey Walklate] M[ortimer] very unwell, but that he was on the mend. Mortimer kindly enclosed her own annual present to Tripp of £5 and another £5 from dear Mrs G. Mar - .

Dear Sister [Eleanor] Dickenson is still in Liverpool.

Yesterday, Tripp attended the Ladies Auxiliary meeting for the Instruction and Conversion of the Jews. Mr Hey was called to chair the meeting and made an excellent speech, detailing God's dealing with the Jewish people from the beginning 'and the awful state of ignorance and darkness they were now in, particularly the families among them. He exhorted all to come forward in so good a cause. The Secretary from London and many clergymen etc were present, who spoke excellently on the occasion.'

Tripp sends her regards to [Mary] Tooth and her sister [Rosamund].