- Richard Boardman was one of the first two volunteers appointed by John Wesley in 1769 to work in North America. He returned to Britain in 1774 and thereafter served in Ireland. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism, 1974
From Margaret Johnston in Goshen, Ireland, to John Pritchard at the house of Mr Powell the draper in Northampton, England. Her poor health delayed her reply to Pritchard's last. By the time she was able to finish her letter, the English Conference had finished and she did not know where to send it. She gave the letter therefore to [Richard] Boardman for forwarding, once he receives a copy of the English minutes.
She had meant to return home by easy stages so as to conserve her strength, but problems with the horses and the breakage of one of the chaise springs prompted her decision to accept [Andrew] and Mrs McCutchan's invitation to stay a few months longer.
Johnston is very anxious to hear how Pritchard is getting on, end especially 'how a certain affair ended'.
Spiritual matters are discussed.
Lately there have been many instances in this area of black cattle, sheep, and horses being killed and maimed during the night 'sometimes upwards of 40 belonging to one man'. The perpetrators have yet to be caught
Peggy [Pritchard's sister?] is well, as are all Pritchard's friends in Longford. Dr Cromlin has cut out the cancer from Ann Devlin's breast.
Her love should be passed on to [John] Abraham.
Messrs Lindsay and Fletcher[?] called here yesterday on their way to visit friends in Birr, Kings County.
Pritchard should write soon 'and be particular as to yourself and poor Miss G'.
She finds going down stairs a problem, and is not expecting to recover, although she may live for years yet.