From K[atherine] Whitmore in Cotsbrook to [Mary Tooth]. It is very sad that it has been such a long time since she has been able to visit Madeley. Whitmore was particularly upset that she was unable to meet with Tooth at Betty Ward's house. They are anxious to hear how dear Mrs [Mary] Fletcher bears the present cold weather. 'I am sure no weather will stop your active exertions for the good of souls.'
Whitmore is enclosing a copy of Mr [John] Eyton's 'beautiful card of thoughts on the only subject worth a a fallen creature with the high hopes of perfect restoration.'
Whitmore would be grateful if Tooth could give the messenger who brought this note, a verbal report of the health of Tooth and Fletcher. He will give a very exact rendition of it, as well as let them know of how it went with their friends last wednesday - that would be for reading to the little meeting in Beckbury where 'a very tolerable party in number was assembled, after waiting an hour, Betty entreated me to read something to the people. I enquired what she had in the house, and finding a volume of Mr [John] Fletcher's letters to his parishioners, I read it. It was so applicable to the season, preparing them for the blessed time and calling attention to the approach of the new and the end of the old year, that I almost think it was looked out for us in mercy. What effect it had, I know not. I trust it will not be lost to my own soul, for I read it with much inward feeling. At her request I struggled with a little reluctance and ventured to pray. She seconded me in a very excellent prayer, we sung two hymns, and I trust did not meet without some profit ...'