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From Mary Whittingham to Mary Tooth at Madeley vicarage. Tooth's letter was a great comfort. 'I shall be much obliged to you to indulge me with another letter when you have time, for I doubt not you have much work to do of the best kind and I trust you will be made a blessing ...'

Whittingham wanted to write to Tooth before now, but has been very busy with her children and other commitments, such as attending to the sick, the penny societies and the care of the children and young people of the parish. Thanks be to God, she has felt more physical strength of late and is now enabled to move around a great deal.

'I am thankful for what you mentioned of being impressed when on your knees to go and write down the sayings of my precious and now happy for ever Aunt ...' Spiritual matters are discussed in detail. Whittingham hopes that Tooth has documented everything that she can recall and that it will be published. 'I think it would be well as much as possible to avail anything that might lead to a party spirit, as then it will be acceptable and do good, I trust, among Christians of all denominations.' She would be grateful to be informed when the account is published and the price. Mr [John] Eyton's sermon could also be printed and would be very useful - Charles Bosanquet was much pleased with it. Whittingham's kindest regards should be passed to Eyton, together with her thanks for his excellent discourse. Her regards should also be passed to all her friends in Madeley.