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From K[atherine] Whitmore in Cotsbrook to Mary Tooth. Whitmore called on some of her neighbours yesterday in Stockton and was very sorry to find poor Ann Watters in a terrible state of dejection. It was particularly surprising as Watters has for a long time 'had great joy in the Lord, indeed every since Mr [John] Eyton's last visit to Cotsbrook ...'. Spiritual matters are discussed. Mr Bayley has kindly promised to call on her 'to solicit a petition for her at the meeting tonight at Beckbury.' Reference is made to Whitmore's sister Dora and 'another apparently trifling circumstance in the village, which I will tell you, if it please God to let me have the pleasure of visiting Madeley next Monday. She says it looks like a shaking among the dry bones ...'. They are slightly more optimistic concerning their poor nephew.