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From Mary Whittingham at Potten vicarage to Mary Tooth at Madeley. Tooth must consider that Whittingham's long silence is very unkind; yet Tooth has been very much on Whittingham's mind and she desired much to write to her. However, she is very busy, especially as the young child of her youngest son [John] has been with them here since July.

Whittingham was indeed very grateful for the published life of her dear Aunt [Mary] Fletcher. She longs for the second volume to appear and her eldest daughter [Marianne] is also very pleased with it. Whittingham sent the copy for her sister to her nephew for passing on, as she did not know where best to direct the package. She also gave one to Mrs Dornford, one to each of her two sons and one to her cousin Mrs Whatmore. Whittingham is very pleased with the book and is sure that Tooth has done everything in her power, both while Fletcher was alive and since she died.

Whittingham is starting to see the fruits of Fletcher's prayers and she has many things to be thankful for. She has five children and they are all a comfort to her. Her eldest daughter Marianne loves to hear the Gospel; her eldest son [Samuel] 'grows much in grace'; her two daughters who are still at home 'are very steady', while the youngest son [John] is living in Potten with his wife and the youngest of their two children - 'they go on well'. His wife is a 'pretty kind of young woman and behaves well to me, and it is a pleasure to have them so near. But in due season, I trust the Lord will find a proper farm for him, and then I shall be happy to put them into business.'

Whittingham would be grateful if Tooth would accept the enclosed £3, which she is sure that she should send to pay for the books and other favours that Tooth has done. When the next volume [of Henry Moore's Life of Mary Fletcher] comes out, she would be grateful to receive two more copies of volume 1 and 6 copies of volume 2, which she will send payment for.