From Anne Tripp in Leeds to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. It was a great pleasure to receive a letter from Fletcher written in her own hand. It was one more proof of God's answer to the prayers of his people 'by enabling you again to exercise among the dear people; and giving you the satisfaction of seeing the work deepen, and increase among them; and if it be His blessed will, that the complaint in your breast, should be so far healed and rendered easy, can be considered as little less than a miracle.' Tripp's own breast has been sore for some days, but she is hoping that it is simply in response to the change in the weather. She is still able to get about a little and meet with her 2 classes - she often feels the Lord's presence. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.
The visit of [Harvey Walklate?] Mortimer to Madeley will hopefully be a blessing to the people and a help to Fletcher. Tripp hopes that Fletcher's advice and guidance will be a great blessing to [Elizabeth] Mortimer. Where is poor Mr Walters going?
The awful circumstances of Lady Mary F[itzgerald]'s death were most distressing. It is a particular trial for Fletcher and Mortimer, who knew Fitzgerald much better than Tripp. She has heard the Fitzgerald was buried, at her own request, close to [John] Wesley.
[Eleanor] Dickenson is with her children at Headingley, but Tripp will pass on Fletcher's letter at the first opportunity.
It will give Fletcher pleasure to hear that the public missionary meetings that started in Leeds and which spread through Yorkshire, are now being held in almost every county in England. They have been a means of raising thousands of people to support missionaries in different countries. [Jabez] Bunting told them on Monday night that he had 'been waited on by 4 girls and 2 boys from a Sunday school in Fornley[?] with a Â£10 note for the support of missionaries, which they had raised by collecting half pennies and pennies each week. Bunting said that nothing had given him greater pleasure than receiving this contribution. He then read a most interesting account of the missionaries in Ceylon, of the conversion of one of the 'idol priests' who was a man of great eminence among the natives. The missionary [Benjamin] Clough had several conversations with him and answered questions concerning the Christian religion. Clough presented the man with 4 gospels in the Sinhalese language. As a result, the priest has now converted. His friends tried their best to dissuade him, but to no effect. The other priests threatened him so the man fled to the governor and threw himself on his protection. The former priest was publicly baptised with the name Peter on Christmas Day in the church attached to the fort. Tripp thinks that the missionaries acted as his Godfathers - he is still under the governor's protection and Mr Clough thinks that the man will be more use in spreading the gospel than 50 European missionaries. He is now engaged in translating the bible into 2 languages.
'The thought just struck me with what delight, dear Mr [John] Fletcher would welcome his old friend Lady M[ary] F[itzgerald] to the realms of Glory ...'