From K[atherine] Whitmore in Cotsbrook to [Mary Tooth]. She has long wished to know how Tooth is getting on, but did not want to intrude. Whitmore has therefore contented herself by asking the few Madeley friends, but could get little information that way. 'Do not think I mean to trouble you with writing ... but I do wish to know that your mind is getting composed and comfortable, and that all necessary business is so in train, as no longer to harrass and tease a wounded spirit ...' Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.
'I well know all the trouble and seeming difficulties of settling, when death has broken up a household [reference to the death of Mary Fletcher in December 1815], and all worldly situations must be new arranged, it feels when the spirits are broken and depressed, a toil, a burden, and seems an aggravation, but is it not like every dispensation of our God ... but why do I offer such poor thoughts to one so much my superior in all Christian knowledge and every Christian grace, only to prove I am anxious about you ...' Spiritual matters are further discussed in detail.
Whitmore is too tired to attend the prayer meeting tonight in Beckbury. She hopes 'to give Mr Cooper the meeting next Tuesday'.
Whitmore hopes that Tooth is not considering leaving Madeley.
Something dreadful is always happening in poor Beckbury. There is an awful story going around about the madness of the butcher's wife - 'surely at last, something will awaken them. She was brought to bed by herself, denied being with child, and the babe was found doubled-up in the chamber pot. Yesterday it was to be opened to determine if it had ever breathed, the result I have not heard, but whatever the coroner's inquest may be, I trust she will no longer be suffered to be at large. I think Satan's power in that place [to be] quite awful.'