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To Mary Tooth at Madeley. Bourne had visited Madeley with the intention of telling Tooth everything which had been troubling her, but in the event lacked the courage to do so. She supposes that Mr Brettrell[?] has already told her that she has given offence to Miss Jones 'through walking with a young man [unreadable word] is one that I believe the Lord has raised him up to be a partner of my joys and griefs'.

Bourne expects Mrs Ludlow to deliver this letter as she has something to say to Tooth and she will explain everything. Bourne trusts that Tooth will make this matter a subject of her prayers.

Father appears to be nearing death and there also appears to be a great spiritual change in him. He has asked Bourne to pray with him twice. Spiritual matters are discussed.

They had a good [Methodist] meeting at [unreadable place name] last Sunday.