Letter

Scope and Content

From Abraham Watmough at Wellington to Mary Tooth in Madeley. Watmough has placed himself into a dilemma from which only Tooth's kindness can deliver him. He received Tooth's message courtesy of Mr Williams, and after looking at his engagements, Watmough thought that he would have the pleasure of being able to fit in a visit to Madeley. He therefore promised to come. However, it now appears that he is unable to fit the visit in, as he will not be able to 'do my Monday's labour on Sunday morning as I then expected, it being too far from Donnington Wood to the Bank ...'. If he did not fulfill his obligations, he would be certainly censured for negligence, as it will be two months on Monday since he saw them last. Furthermore, he will not be able to visit them again following the visit, as the time of Conference intervenes. His dilemma is that if he comes to Madeley, he will be accused of negligence, but if he breaks the Madeley appointment, then he will have broken a commitment that he would have regarded under better circumstances as absolute. It is in Tooth's power to set him at ease by releasing him of his obligation 'and obtaining the favour of Mr [William] Edwards to leave the watch night in favour of Madeley, which I have no doubt he will be very willing to do ... Please to excuse me this once, and if on the fourth of July, or on the eleventh, a change with Mr Edwards would be agreeable to you ... if you let me know'