From Mary Whittingham at Potten vicarage to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. It has been so long since she heard from her dear Aunt Fletcher that she is anxious to know how she is. 'May I hope the cure of the cancer is completed?' Spiritual matters are discussed.
Whittingham spent most of last week at their dear friend [Charles] Simeon's. It was the occasion of the annual meeting of his 'particular friends from different places.' This seemed the most 'glorious' of any of the meetings that she attended there in previous years. The ladies met by themselves in the morning (about 13 in number). They began and ended with prayer. Whittingham finds that she can only find pleasure in meeting with Christian friends. 'Many letters from India were read. The news was blessed indeed. The late Mr [Henry] Martyn, who was brought to see the truth under Mr Simeon, after much labour in translating the scriptures, has entered into rest. Before his death he was made useful to Abdul Messee [Abdul Masih] who is now, with the scriptures in his hand teaching the natives.'
Her dear son John has now been placed with a pious man to learn farming - he attends much to his business and rises very early. Whittingham has much cause to be thankful that she has a son with such a sweet and industrious disposition. Her other son [Samuel] is in Scotland tutoring Sir David Wedderburn's son. Her two youngest daughters are at home, while Marianne is living in Bath - 'she wants to see France, which is a new trial for me'.
Her brother's second son Armitage has lately married a daughter of the late Admiral Sotheby