- Frances Pawson was born into the wealthy Mortimer family of York. Converted in 1770 she subsequently joined the Methodists and married the preacher John Pawson, in whose ministry she played a very active role. Source: Thomas Morrow, Early Methodist Women, 1967
From Lady Anderson in Bath, Somerset, to [Frances] Pawson, near Mr Wesley's Chapel, Liverpool, thanking her for her kind letter. Her failure to reply before now was caused by a dislike of letter writing and failing eye sight. Considering the medical problems with her head in recent years, she is grateful that her sight is no worse.
Anderson has been staying for the last two months with Mr and Mrs Clark, who have done their best to make her visit comfortable. Mrs Robinson is also here and will accompany Anderson to London for a visit to Sister Wilson. They envisage arriving in the capital on August 6th. During her stay in Bath, Anderson has been attending one of the Countess of Huntingdon's chapels, for the preachers there are very good.
Pawson would no doubt find Anderson greatly changed loss of teeth etc. She has had a most trying winter, and hopes that the water here in Bath will bring about an improvement. She was sorry to hear of Pawson's continuing cold.
Mrs Barton sent a kind invitation for Anderson to visit Huntingdonshire on her way to Bath, but she was unable to accept. Barton's nephew has apparently recently accepted a cornetcy in an independent company, and Sir Christopher Sykes's son has done the same. Anderson sees very little of the Sykes family even when she is in York, for they call only in a formal way, and seem indifferent to relations.
Mrs Barton wrote some time ago to Mrs J. Brooke for a report of the character of a young officer, who was expressing an interest in her daughter, but as Anderson has heard nothing further, she assumes that nothing came of the relationship.
Mrs Gray's family were pretty well the last time that Anderson heard, although since her arrival in Bath, they have lost their youngest daughter Frances.
In a postscript she mentions that Dr Hunter was very affected by the death of his wife, which occurred about eight weeks ago, and followed the loss of his son George last January.