Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 MAM/Fl/7/17/11
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 MAM/Fl/7/17/11
  • Dates of Creation
      [December 1804/January 1805]

Scope and Content

From Mary Whittingham at Everton Vicarage to Mary Fletcher at Madeley Vicarage. She has longed to write to her dear aunt ever since Whittingham's mother died [Anna Maria Gaussen died in December 1804]. 'She said to her nurse ... "I cannot speak any good words to you now, but All is well". I believe she was sensible to the last, and sat up supported by pillows in her bed till she died. After she died, a sweet and happy smile remained on her countenance, which one would think must have arisen from some heavenly impression at her departing moment, and though her coffin was not closed till the evening of the seventh day, she still retained a serene countenance. We attended her dear remains to London, and stopped at my brother's house there, where he and Mr S[amuel] and Mr W[illiam] Bosanquet were all waiting. I got out there as my brother did not seem to like my going to the church, and as I had expressed my wish to do so, and he seemed not to wish it, I at length agreed (while he was with us at my mother's house) thinking she would probably, if living, have wished me to be advised by him. My brother (whose tenderness for me has been very great) and my uncles, and Mr [Richard] Whittingham then proceeded to St Helen's [St Helen's, Bishopsgate] where my father [Peter Gaussen] and mother's remains were united. We remained at my brother's that night, the next day Mr W[illiam] Bosanquet sent his carriage for us to dine with him, and took us down to the Forest [Forest House, Leytonstone], where we received much kindness from Mr and Mrs S[amuel] Bosanquet, as we had also met with from Mr W[illiam] B[osanquet]. We spent the Sunday there and went twice to Leytonstone chapel, and oh my dear aunt how rejoiced was I to hear two very precious sermons there! At night my uncle S[amuel Bosanquet] read us a sermon and I had much comfort in what I saw and heard ...'

The Whittinghams then went to her brother's house in the country where they stayed for two nights. His health is very delicate, his management of his children excellent, and she trusts that he takes good care of his soul.

She supposes that Fletcher will have heard by now that she has been bequethed a legacy of £50 per annum for life by Whittingham's mother. This is to be organised by the trustees of the estate, who will be in touch in due course. They are very happy that this provision has been made, as they fear that Fletcher has only a small income. Her husband [Richard] sends his respects.