Letter

Scope and Content

From M[rs] Stedman in Stourport to Mary Tooth in Madeley. ‘A sense of your Christ-like temper induces me to take the liberty of sending you a few lines by Sister Young…’ despite the fact that Tooth and Stedman are comparative strangers. She has often wished to write and acknowledge ‘the good I got from you under God when I was at Madeley last Easter… along with Mrs James Rowley. I had a little conversation with you at your own house, for I felt I could not leave the place without speaking to you, and the conversation was rendered exceedingly useful, as well as the class on Sunday morning, but my time is short so that I cannot mention particulars…’. Since her visit, Stedman has wished to visit again, but has not yet had the opportunity.

Her main reason in writing at this juncture is to inform Tooth that ‘all our friends’ at Stourbridge have an ardent desire to have Tooth visit them, if she thinks that her health would permit. They would send either a chaise or a ‘one horse chair’. They would be grateful to receive a reply sent with the friend who delivered this letter. She is sorry that she cannot write more but the messenger is waiting for her to finish.

In a postscript, she asks that if Tooth has a book containing letters by Mary Fletcher, Stedman would be most gratified to receive a copy. Her Christian love should also be passed to Mr Baldwin.