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From Ann Tripp in Leeds [postmark] to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. Fletcher's letter of 1 November did not reach Tripp until the 8th or 9th. They made diligent enquiry for T. Atkinson, but could get no information before now. Billy [William] Chadwick has sent no word - he is in Cumberland, but Tripp imagines that his stay there will not be for long, as she thinks that he generally spends the winter on this side of the country. They have paid all the money (T. Atkinson and interest payments excepted). Mr North did not collect his [money], despite Tripp writing to him three weeks since to say that it was waiting for him. He called last Monday, but had forgotten to bring the note. They kept it for him just in case he was robbed. They have asked him to bring the note soon.

The following amounts have been paid out:

Ourselves- £5.13

Mr North - £24.5

Interest - 8 shillings

Mrs Haigh - £28

Interest - 10 shillings 6 pence

Anthony Walker - £7.10

Mr Johnson - £2.2

Brother Taylor - £6.11.6

Paid for cashing bills - 5 shillings 6 pence

Postage for two letters - 1 shilling 6 pence

3 stamp receipts - 6 pence

T. Atkinson - £2.10

Total: £77.17.6

All the above has been paid, except for Atkinson's. They have the notes and receipts safe. Mrs Haigh's interest did not come to more than 9 shillings, but they paid her 10 shillings and 6 pence as she was put to expense in bringing it. Once Atkinson is paid, that will leave 6 shillings and 6 pence in Tripp's custody.

Fletcher had not mentioned her uncle Claude [Bosanquet] previously, 'but we had rather heard it twice over, than not at all, as it gave us a fresh occasion to praise the Lord, for His faithfulness to those who trust in Him.'

They did not forget 12 November, but prayed together that 'you might be spared to see the return of many of those days, and that each succeeding year might increase your happiness, holiness and usefulness'.

As for Mrs C-ms affair, if Tripp could have an opportunity to meet with Fletcher in person, she could say a lot more than can be said in a letter. Fletcher asks 'how can Mr Walker be called an unconverted man?'. Tripp thinks that question could best be answered by 'herself, in a conversation with Mrs C. a few days before she left for Brixton; but before this I must tell you there was a great talk beginning in Leeds, that Mrs C. was going to be married to her B- W-. Many of her friends, though they did not believe the report, wished her to be acquainted with it, that she might return and thereby convince them of the contrary. Accordingly, by the desire of several, Mrs Crosby wrote her a very loving letter informing her [of] the report, and wishing her, unless she she had some particular reason for staying, to return, which she did and stayed at Mr Charlesworth's about a week, while she set off for Buxton. Tripp went to see her there with Sarah Crosby and told her that they hoped that there was no truth in the report - 'her answer was, "Surely folks must think he took a delight to marry wives and bury them." This answer we thought evasive; but said nothing. Next day Mrs Crosby went again, she then said I think we must have a band meeting, and begun telling her of the goodness of the Lord to her since she had been at Onley; how many gracious visits she had had from above etc. That [unreadable word] affections she was as free as ever, and had no reason to think otherwise of him, as he had never said anything of the kind to her. "Once she thought he said something that looked that way, but she cast him off immediately. They were reading the chapter of Isaac and Rebecca, and he said "Sister if ever I marry again, it shall be with a very pious woman"; but said she, "Brother no pious woman will have you"; and he said "why not" ... she said, "I should have a very mean opinion of the piety of any woman that would marry you, let their profession be what it would, for Christians dare not do anything contrary to the word of God". This answer we thought excellent, and fully satisfied us that there was no truth in the report, and we assured everybody ... he never saw her after this conversation ... as to what advantage her children may reap, I know not; I think they will have a finer home, but I hardly think it will be more comfortable, as there will be 3 sorts of children, and his eldest daughter has positively declared already, that she will leave the house, if her youngest (who is a very wicked child) is brought there. As to her worth in Leeds, there was just as much call and opportunity as ever: if she had been able to do it, I think more than at Hondly, for we never heard of her doing anything there this last twelve months. We have not heard anything from her since she married, but have heard by others, that she is very satisfied with her situation ... but is very poorly now. As to Mr W.'s great fortune, and how he will dispose of it, remains to be proved ...'

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  • Anne Tripp (1745-1823) of Leeds, was converted by Thomas Maxfield and was a Wesleyan Methodist since at least 1762. She was an intimate friend of Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher and Sarah Crosby. Tripp was one of the most senior members of the Leeds Society and served for many years as a class leader. Source: Methodist Magazine 1823, 706
  • Claude Bosanquet (d.1786) of London was the son of Samuel Bosanquet and his wife Elizabeth Hayes. Bosanquet came from a wealthy mercantile Hugeonot family active in banking and commerce during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Claude's brother Samuel was especially prominent in public affairs and Samuel's son Samuel junior went on to serve as a governor of the Bank of England. Little is known of Claude Bosanquet beyond the fact he too was a banker, was unmarried and served as a trustee of the French Hugeunot congregation in Threadneedle Street, London. His niece was the important evangelical Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher. His will was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in August 1786.Source: Burke's Landed Gentry (1853); title deed relating to a property in Brick Lane, London, 1743 (reference A/SGS/004: London Metropolitan Archives) and the will of Claude Bosanquet (proved 14 August 1786) Prob. 11/1144
  • Sarah Crosby (1729-1804) was born in Leeds, Yorkshire. She inclined toward Calvinism as a young woman but joined the Methodists after hearing Wesley preach. She moved to London in 1757 after her husband deserted her and was appointed a class leader at the Foundery. In 1761 Crosby moved to Derby and became one of the first female preachers in Methodism. With Wesley's encouragement, she travelled extensively on preaching tours between London and Yorkshire for many years before retiring to her birthplace. Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995) and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)