From C[atherine] Sleep in Kidderminster to Mary Tooth in Madeley. They were pleased to hear that Tooth and her sister [Rosamund] are well and prospering spiritually. William is well although feels some bodily weakness because of having to walk long distances in the current hot weather. As for Catherine herself, she has not felt well since she arrived in this circuit and feels this is worsened by the fact that she has lived for a great many years at a distance from her native Cornwall and away from the sea. For Catherine to visit home, would involve a distance of 300 miles and that is too much for her to undertake alone.
They were grateful to receive Tooth’s positive response with regard to the Sleeps coming to her circuit. William has agreed to remain here for another year, in which case, Catherine hopes that it will see more spiritual prosperity than this last 12 months.
They were also obliged for Tooth’s kind invitation for them to come and visit her and they would love to do so, but cannot see a suitable opportunity as yet.
Tooth’s account of the society at Bridgenorth was most interesting. A short time ago, William held a love feast at Rigley which, they believe, was attended by a brother of Miss [unreadable name]. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.
They heard nothing of the letter from the London Conference alluded to by Miss Tooth. At present Mr [James] Heaton ‘stands for this place’ as superintendent minister. [Heaton served as superintendent minister in the Stourport circuit from 1825 to 1827] and the people here seem pleased with the appointment.
Miss Oliver wishes to take a letter from Catherine to Tooth and she has therefore sent a reply to Tooth’s last somewhat sooner than she might have done otherwise.
- James Heaton (1782-1862) was born in Birmingham and was converted at the age of 15. Heaton entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1806 and worked in home circuits and as a Home Missionary. Heaton superannuated in 1849 and died on 21 August 1862. Source: Minutes of Conference 1863