From Miss J. Acton in Green Hill Place, Worcester to Mary Tooth at Madeley, Shropshire. Acton received Tooth's kind letter via Mrs Basford. She was greatly surprised by the affecting account of the death of Tooth's sister as she had not previously heard of this unfortunate event. Spiritual matters are discussed.
She does not know if Tooth has got a suitable person to help around the house, but she can perhaps recommend a most suitable person. The woman in question is a very pious Christian and has been so from youth. She is well known among the preachers and acted as an housekeeper some time ago to one [Joseph Collier? - stationed in Worcester 1831-32] who had lost his wife, leaving behind a young family. After the preacher remarried, she started a school and did very well at first but now there is so much competition in Worcester that she has had to give it up. She is a great favourite of Miss Knapps and can get a reference from her or [Joseph] Collier if required. If Tooth is agreeable to having her, she should state her terms and when she wants the woman to start.
Acton's sister was very grateful for Tooth's prayers and kind concern. 'She is a great sufferer but I hope it will be sanctified for the good of her soul or mine'.
- Annotated by Mary Tooth - 'Miss Acton's letters. July 11th 1833, I was crossing [the River] Severn in the boat when I was informed that she was to be buried that afternoon. Her sister had died about half a year ago'
- Joseph Collier (1770-1842) entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1795. He exercised an active circuit ministry in England and Wales until 1834 with the exception of two years when he was forced to withdraw due to ill health. After his retirement he moved to Bristol. Source: Methodist Magazine 1842, p.694