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From [Mary Tooth?] to Richard Williams at Madeley Wood. 'With regard to Bridgnorth, Br[other] Mason sent to Mr Cluett requesting him to take his [preaching] appointment and, as he has heard nothing from him, he presumes he will attend to Bridgnorth.'

Oats are selling at 20d[?] per bag.

"You suppose I have heard enough about the camp meeting?" - in fact Tooth heard nothing but good about it until she received a note from Brother Clayton last night which surprised her a little as Tooth's understanding was that 'Mr [Edward] Sumner had given his consent and approbation with regard to Mr Gibbins's idea. I suppose Methodism has as much to fear from his displeasure as it has to hope from his favour ...'



  • Edward Sumner (1792-1872) was born at Epperstone in Nottinghamshire. His parents were the first Methodists in their village and Sumner himself was converted at the age of fourteen. He entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1817 and exercised a circuit ministry in England, Wales and the Isle of Man until superannuation in 1851. After his retirement he moved to Madeley in Shropshire and was closely involved with the establishment of the Fletcher Memorial School at Madeley Wood. Source: Hill's Arrangement 1869 and Minutes of Conference 1872