New meeting place at Bourton

MR says that Frances Snooke (nee Seward) wrote July 13 1765, prefacing her letter with a comment on her husband's "unavoidable engagements with the Meeting" obliging him to "imploy me as his secretary". She went on to explain that the pulpit was ready to be installed. She says it "may be call’d elegantly plain and neat as it has no carving about it". Evidently Hall had said that he would donate the pulpit cushion, which she asks him to send the next week as it was intended that "the Meeting" would be used "the Sabbath after next".
Hall presumably visited Bourton to inspect his new cushion (and to see his sister-in-law) a couple of months later, as the entry for September 4 1765 reads "Took Mrs Snooke behind me to Aylworth, when she fell off from the Horse on my opening a gate, but received no hurt".
MR observes that it is clear that Snooke was much involved with the building of the Baptist meeting place and also saw it as his duty to look after the pastor. His diaries apparently reveal that he paid Beddome 2 guineas every Quarter Day as well as contributing at Christmas to the cost of cleaning and heating the building in which he preached. Snooke was a very regular attender but, for some reason, was not baptised or a member. Beddome was also to become an important spiritual adviser to Hall.
After Snooke's death, his widow Anne maintained the tradition of paying Beddome what was by then 8 guineas a year. Anne lived at the Manor House for the rest of her life.

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