From Henrietta Roberts in Wellington to Mary Tooth [Roberts was stationed in Wellington between 1826 and 1829.]. She has at last copied Tooth’s work and is returning the original as soon as possible, lest Tooth need it back in a hurry. Henrietta is sorry that it is not better done but a part of it was written when she was unwell. She has not marked the stops – this she has left to Tooth to do.
Henrietta has read the copy to [John] Roberts, comparing it with the original. She hopes that Tooth can get it published as it is certainly an interesting life.
She supposes that Tooth is now getting ready for her journey to London. Henrietta sometimes thinks of the Conference ‘with trembling and can scarce divert my thoughts from Madeley as the desire of my heart.’ She must however leave the direction to the Lord.
They would be grateful to receive a letter from Tooth while she is in London for they do not expect to receive any Conference news except a line from Mr [William] Moulton [of the Shrewsbury circuit] saying where Roberts has been stationed. Moulton visited them a fortnight ago and was very friendly – they think that he will do all he can with regard to Roberts’ next appointment. If Roberts does leave this circuit, Henrietta fears a move that would take them far away. Mr Moulton told her that he thought it would be very straightforward and that there would be no fuss about it – ‘not knowing that it is probable he may have an enemy in the way’.
John joins with Henrietta in send love to Tooth and her sister [Rosamund]. Mrs W. Taylor sends her regards.
[It appears that John Roberts and his wife wanted a move to Madeley as their next circuit appointment.]
- William Moulton (1769-1835) was born in Chester and was converted in early life. He entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1794 and exercised an active circuit ministry until his death after a short illness, while stationed in the Tadcaster circuit, on 16 February 1835. William’s son Ebenezer was also a Wesleyan minister. Source: Minutes of Conference 1835