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From Anne Tripp in Leeds to Mary Fletcher in Madeley. Tripp delayed replying to Fletcher's last so that she could include an account of [William] Hey's state of health. He is now judged to be out of danger - his barber Tommy Hale sent word to Tripp yesterday that Hey was sitting up for the first time in 6 weeks. Hey himself thinks that he will now make a recovery. Many prayers have been offered for Hey and it appears that they are being answered, although it is feared that he will no longer be fit enough to practice medicine.

Poor J[oseph] Bradford had 2 strokes, which greatly affected his speech and memory, so he was unable to preach. One day, Bradford went missing while on a walk and was not found until the following day - he had lain in a ditch all night. For 6 weeks after, Bradford was in a very poor state of mind. One morning when his wife was asleep, he left their bed and went down to the kitchen. The maid later found him dead on the floor with his throat cut. Tripp understands that depression runs in Bradford's family. The Hull Methodists have showed every respect to his memory by hanging the pulpit with black cloth and collecting money for his widow.

Dear Sister Marsden is now on a visit to Leeds. 'She has lately had a powerful baptism of the Holy Ghost and is alive to God indeed; she enquired kindly after you ... she prayed at our select band; and at the intercession with much of the motion of the spirit. I believe many felt the power.'

Through God's mercy, Tripp's health and sight have not worsened and she is still able to see enough to be able to write a little. She found Fletcher's observation very useful - "that all these dispensations are to teach us a perfect dependence on Himself". Tripp certainly feels an enhanced ability to leave herself wholly in God's hands.

Tripp is very grateful that God has restored Fletcher to a measure of health and 'usefulness'. She sends her love to Mary Tooth and Prissy also sends her love

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  • Joseph Bradford (c.1741-1808) was born possibly at Blandford in Dorset. He entered the itinerancy in 1773 and after serving circuits in Cornwall and Bristol, accompanied John Wesley for several years as his companion and secretary. After falling ill in 1781, Bradford returned to the circuit ministry before resuming travelling with Wesley from 1787 until the Methodist leader's death. Bradford was a member of the committee which drew up the Plan of Pacification in 1795 and served as President of Conference that same year and again in 1803. He also served as Governor of Kingswood School from 1798 to 1801. Bradford suffered from failing physical and mental health in the period just prior to his death. He committed suicide on 28 May 1808. Source:Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995), An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Preachers, compiled by Kenneth Garlick (1975) and MAM Fl/7/5/12 (MARC)