From 39 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool to Mary Fletcher. Fletcher will find this enclosed in a small medicine box of [Thomas] Hill's own making, which they beg Fletcher to accept as a token of their regard - the medicine is of the best quality and the directions book will assist Fletcher in their use. They hope that [Mary] Tooth derived benefit from the medicine which [Thomas] recommended and that her health is better; if not, her husband advises the following; one once of Augustura bark, bruised and put in a pint and half of boiling water, which should then stand for twenty-four hours near a slow fire and then poured into a bottle. A wine glass full of this mixture should be added to ten grains of 'aromatic confection & 20 grains of the powder of bark'. The medicine should be taken twice a day for three weeks or a month. Tooth's body should also remain open by taking magnesium of rhubarb.
They often reflect with pleasure on the nice time that they had with Tooth and would be pleased to entertain Fletcher and Tooth under their roof. Spiritual matters are discussed.
Hill's sister [Ann Loxdale] is away at the Conference. The Liverpool preachers for the next year are [John] Barber, Thomas Taylor, [Charles] Atmore and [John] Brown.
The work of God is presently prospering and there are hopes that this will increase.
[Thomas] Hill asks that his regards be passed to Mr and Mrs Walters.
- John Brown (1782-1811) entered the itinerancy in 1801 and travelled with considerable success. He was afflicted by a chest infection at the Conference of 1811 and died after a short illness. Source: Minutes of Conference 1812
- Charles Atmore (1759-1826) was born at Heacham in Norfolk, the son of a ship's captain. After the early death of his mother, he was raised by his aunt and uncle. Atmore was converted by the ministry of Joseph Pilmore in 1779 and became a local preacher before entering the itinerancy in 1781. Despite his youth, Atmore was named to the Legal Hundred in 1784 and was ordained by Wesley for the work in Scotland in 1786. He was President of Conference in 1811 and was actively involved in the establishment of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society. Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)
- Thomas Taylor (1738-1816) was born in Rothwell, Yorkshire and entered the itinerancy in 1761. Among the earliest preachers to work in Wales, he later laboured as far afield as Ireland, Scotland and several parts of England in an itinerant career which lasted longer than John Wesley's. Taylor was ordained for the Wesleyan ministry in 1791 and was president of Conference in 1796 and 1809. He retired from the active ministry in 1816 and died later that year. Source: Arminian Magazine 1780, pp.367, 420, Methodist Magazine 1816 p.945 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)
- John Barber (1757-1816) was born in the Peak District of Derbishire. While working as a farm labourer, Barber attended evening school and proved a diligent pupil. He was converted in 1778 and joined a Methodist class which was led by his employer. Barber moved to Chinley in Derbishire and started working as a weaver, while at the same time labouring as a local preacher. He was heard by Wesley in 1782 to the evangelists's satisfaction and was appointed to itinerate in the Birmingham circuit later that year. Despite his lack of years in the ministry, Barber was appointed to the Legal Hundred in 1784 and was ordained for the by Wesley for the work in Scotland in 1788. Barber served twice as President of Conference (1807 and 1815) and was a leading member of the important Committee of Privileges. Barber died suddenly during his second presidential term. Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)