Letter

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From Alscott. She was sorry that Tooth [unreadable word] to Mr George about E’s conduct, especially as he [unreadable word] it to E. again and likewise to Mrs Leighton[?], but she hopes that it will not spread any further, or Jenkins is sure that she will never be able to visit Madeley again. Virtue is a very delicate thing to speak of. She does not wish it to come out because the statements are unjust, for they are all true. Jenkins has ‘done’ with the young man and he cannot say anything to disgrace her. Spiritual matters are discussed. She begs Tooth to say nothing more about virtue, as it would injure Jenkins’s character and expose him and damage the [Methodist] cause. Mr George said that it would be better to say no more about him [E.?], ‘but as he as told him that his behaviour was of such a nature that you could not attempt to relate it to him. I do not know what to say because he will, I dare say, want an explanation. I think he said that he would see you about it. If he does, you can say his behaviour was far from what I approved off and his conversation not at all becoming a Christian and that I had found him guilty of many untruthes which astonished me respecting his circumstances and other things about you and the young men…’

Jenkins will try to visit Madeley next week, all being well. She would be delighted if Tooth could send her a line with Mr Jones next Sunday and inform her when Mr Parks/Perks is to visit Corner[?] Green as he promised he visit Newton on that day ‘and he as bespoke Richard to go and fetch him in his chaise[?]…’ Reference is made to Miss Stinson.

[Annotated by Tooth – ‘S Jenkins letter about Jones’]