Letter

Scope and Content

From Anne Tripp in Leeds to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. The kind letter written in Fletcher's own hand gave Tripp much pleasure and the enclosed gift [of money] was a 'fresh call for praise to my heavenly Father.' Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

No doubt God blesses the kind attentions of Fletcher's nurse [Mary Tooth] and Tooth will herself derive 'ample satisfaction in all her labour - five meetings in a week'.

As for Tripp herself, she has suffered three bad attacks of her customary complaint this winter and was obliged to send for [William] Hey, who told her that she should have summoned him sooner. The medicine was effective, although she is left rather feeble by every attack. The recent weather, neither too hot or too cold, has been quite beneficial. Spirutual matters are discussed in detail.

Reference is made in detail to the gift of money given to Tripp on the instructions of the late Mrs Marsden.

Tripp was thankful to hear that Mrs [George] Mortimer 'was brought so comfortably through, and spared again, a living mother of a living child. If you should see her again, please to present my grateful respects to her.'

Dear [Eleanor] Dickenson is well, but is not in Leeds at present - she visits occasionally.

The great change in national affairs is indeed an answer to prayer [reference to the cessation of international hostilities occasioned by the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte]. Lord Harewood [Henry Lascelles, 2nd Earl of Harewood (1767-1841)] has ordered that his tenants are to have their rents lowered so that they will be able to sell their corn at a lower cost. Tripp hopes that this example will be followed by others. It is shocking to think that at this time of good news, France should have resumed the 'horrid traffic of slave dealing. I trust you will unite your prayers with the endeavours that good Mr [William] Wilberforce and many others, are using to prevent it taking place.'

Priscilla sends her respects.