From Mary Whittingham at Potten vicarage to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. She should have written to her dear aunt before this time, but many things have conspired to take up her time. Whittingham supposes that Fletcher will have received the account of the death of Whittingham's dear uncle William Bosanquet. 'Your dream was very striking and affords much consolation. I cannot but hope it had some reference in the first part to my dear brother also.' Her mind has now been set at liberty concerning her brother's spiritual state about 5 or 6 weeks after he died. Spiritual matters are discussed.
Her dear uncle was long confined to his room. 'He had every possible attention, and he was amiable, patient and resigned, so also my aunt B[osanquet] seemed to be, for she wrote to me when I enquired after him, in a very Christian spirit.'
Her uncle William Bosanquet left £200 to Whittingham; 'and he being the last surviving trustee for two of the Leyton estates, others must be appointed, and the fines for the copyhold of those must be repaid. These circumstances he very kindly thought of and in September last after my brother's death, being through loss of his sight unable to write, got Mr Charles Bosanquet to write a codicil giving two hundred pounds to Mr [Richard] Whittingham besides, towards paying the fines.'
Mr Spilsbury is dead. They found no accounts in his papers concerning the poortrait of Fletcher ordered for Whittingham. 'I have reserved the pound note you sent me to pay for Mr [John] Fletcher's [portrait] and put the rest into the penny collections for the Jews.' She also understands that Fletcher has a portrait of Whittingham's uncle Samuel Bosanquet - if Whittingham should outlive Fletcher, she would be very grateful to have the picture left to her.
Whittingham recently saw Mr Gilbert's son, who is married to [Melville] Horn's daughter. He told her that he had seen Fletcher about a year ago. He came here about a curacy in this neighbourhood. If he takes it, they intend to reside here in Potten and she will attend Whittingham's church.
Her brother's legacy has proved a blessing to Whittingham's daughter Marianne. She is doing well and has taken on a a few young ladies to instruct in geography and other things for a few hours each day. It is her own idea and it gives her some satisfaction and gainful employment. Her son Samuel is doing well, while John is a 'fine youth and very steady'