Letter

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From Mary Whittingham at Potten Vicarage to Mary Tooth at Madeley. She received the parcel of books safely, together with Tooth's kind and interesting letter. Whittingham also received Tooth's other letter with the account of the 'dear woman who saw the dear departed spirit of my dear aunt [Mary Fletcher] hovering around her bed. These accounts are, I think, very striking and comparing them with the views my dear aunt had of the communion of spirits, which in general among many good people seems but very little understood, it seems a plain confirmation of her ideas on that subject. It appears to me not at all incredible that when a pious soul has watched over the souls of others with such love, while here below, she may be permitted still to be a means of [unreadable word] them for their eternal joy, and of comforting and assisting a departing spirit. These are sweet thoughts, and I am well persuaded will be a consolation to you in finishing what remains in the labour of love allotted to you, with respect to those surviving members of your class.'

Whittingham meets with a few pious young women every Friday afternoon and there are 'some precious souls among them'. Spiritual matters are discussed.

She was grateful for the copies of the precious books sent by Tooth. All of Whittingham's children have been given copies. Her eldest daughter [Marianne] in particular likes it.

'It has pleased God to enable me to collect chiefly in pennies, one hundred and one pounds since the year 1811 for the promoting of Christianity among the Jews ... I have also a penny collection for the Church Missionary Society, and these things take much time. I am also sometimes weak and poorly, but I am happy.'

Her little grandson is staying with them at the moment.

Whittingham has started to read some of the second volume - 'it is very sweet, it is a treasure to my soul.'

Whittingham's sister Mrs Franks will also be sent a copy of the book - Whittingham has been remiss in not sorting this out before now, and she has not had a letter from her since. One was also sent to Whittigham's nephew Mr Gaussen.

Mrs Dornford has also enquired about the first volume - her daughter in India 'is wonderfully brought through a grievous illness and delivered of a living child'