Letter

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From Mary Whittingham at Potten vicarage to Mary Tooth at Madeley. It must seem strange that Whittingham has not responded to Tooth's last letter before now, but she has been busy about God's work. Also, her youngest son [John], his wife and child are staying with them at present. She has therefore been very busy with domestic matters and has lately been collecting for the London Society. Whittingham also manages the penny society exclusively herself and the accounts need to be drawn up before next week. Her silence has not been because she has forgotten her dear Aunt Fletcher or was not unmindful of the valuable biography of Fletcher, which she is happy to hear is to be published. She would be very grateful if Fletcher could send her the first volume as soon as possible - and inform her of the price as she will probably want to purchase additional copies. Her cousin Mrs Whatmore wished to hear more about Fletcher and would like to receive two copies - Whittingham will buy one for her as a gift. She greatly approved of it being done by Mr [Henry] Moore as he was approved of by Fletcher. Tooth has certainly done duty to Fletcher's memory and her attention to publishing the life is very pleasing. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.

Tooth must make sure that she sends Whittingham the bill for sending her the "letters to the people of Madeley" as well as the portrait of Fletcher's dear brother.

Whittingham's sister has spent the night here on the way to see one of her daughters.

Whittingham is delighted that the work of God prospers in Madeley.'We have had an instance here which is an encouraging one. A person ignorant as a heathen, having never been in the way of serious people, came down to Potten ill. I was asked to visit her. I did so and the second time I saw her, I trust was the time it pleased God, as far as we can judge, to work a change of heart, and she died ten days after "quite happy", as she expressed to me some hours before her death. I visited her every day the last week, and she seemed to grow in grace hourly ... she seemed to be lost in wonder that she was brought here, to see persons she never knew nor that there were such on earth.'