From Mary Whittingham at Potten vicarage to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. It has been a while since Whittingham last wrote. She has had a good deal of nursing to cope with - her daughter Eliza has been ill, but has now recovered. John came home from school and was very sick, but has also been spared. John is now at school a few miles away under the care of a pious clergyman, who only takes in 14 pupils at a time. They are both pleasant children and little Emma is also a nice child.
About a month ago, she found her eldest daughter [Marianne] extremely ill in London with a violent bilious attack. Whttingham considered it her duty to travel there at once and attend to her. She found her very gaunt in appearance and feared that she was rapidly hastening to a deep decline. The girl's nerves were shatted and Whittingham concluded that she must either remain with her in London, which would have been very inconvenient and expensive, or persuade her to come home. At first, she was very averse to leave London as her heart was fixed on the capital's amusements. At times, she seemed 'averse to religious discourses etc. She however consented to my praying with her, and thanked me when I had done ... and she returned home with me; strength was given her to undergo the journey in a post chaise, and she bore the last stage the best. She is wonderfully recovered since she came home. I sent for my brother's physician while in London, and the medicines which are to be continued some time are very useful. The enmity seems to subside, and I trust God will make the trial a blessing to her soul. She is already very different and seems desirous to attend constantly our family worship, and reads to herself in a good book Mr [Henry] Venn once gave her when a child. Her nerves are much more composed, so that I trust the enmity was in part owing to her complaint.' Spiritual matters are discussed.
In a postscript, she mentions that her eldest son [Samuel] was very supportive while she was in London. Her husband Richard sends his best wishes.