Letter

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From William George at Coalport, to [Mary] Tooth. He is fulfilling the promise to write down the conversation, of which they spoke last night.

'There were many circumstances that have passed under my observation when in company with Miss Jenkin which have been particularly striking and impressive - and which are worthy of being recorded in flaming characters, but probably her piety and zeal will be more appropriately set forth by thru[?] do comments you are in possession of from various sources as well as the frequent statements you have had in personal observation - and you are therefore more capable than I of suitably setting it forth…' He would say that he never met anyone more ardent in her love of God and who turned every conversation to spiritual subjects. George scarcely met with her except that she was pondering on some deep point, particularly when at class. Her enquiries were often the means of bringing George more fervently 'to the throne of grace…'.

Her general conduct was characterised by the 'greatest openess and candour' and he never knew her to be in any situation which merited the least reproof.

George and Jenkin were particularly close because of family connections. When George went to Wyken to preach, they had not met to speak to for several years, but it seemed of great spiritual comfort to her to meet her cousin who was a preacher, to the extent that tears flowed down her cheeks and her tongue was employed in praising the Lord.

Her honesty and frankness in expression particularly with regard to spiritual subjects, was most striking. When she was subjected to severe persecution and an opportunity to escape offered itself, she was resigned to God's will. I asked if the resignation was as free in her own mind as if the persecution should cease - she shortly replied that she trusted it was the case…. She has no doubt now entered into heaven.