- Thomas Hanson (1734-1804) was born at Horbury in Yorkshire. He was apprenticed to a clothier and began to attend Methodist preaching. After moving to the village of Nethertong, Hanson was given a rudimentary education by two schoolmasters who taught him the basics of Latin and Greek. He was converted by his brother Joseph after moving back to Horbury and he began to preach and exhort in the surrounding villages. Hanson joined the itinerancy in 1760 and exercised an active circuit ministry until superannuation to Wakefield in 1785. Hanson was a very effective preacher, responsible for many conversions. He was the Assistant in charge of the Macclesfield circuit between 1773 and 1775. Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995), An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Preachers…1739-1818, compiled by Kenneth Garlick and information supplied by John Lenton.
From Leek to [Thomas] Hanson at the house of Mr Peach, the saddler, Ashbourne. Bardsley hopes that Hanson is as well in body and soul as when he saw him last. Spiritual matters are discussed.
He had intended to write to inform Hanson that after he was at Snelston, he called on the Friday at Kniveton about three miles from Ashbourne, but he had made a mistake with regard to the time and was too late [to see Hanson]. However, he hoped that Hanson would have been informed in Ashbourne as he travelled through, and not to go forward to Lee. The reason that Bardsley called at the above place was because his road took him through the town, so he called at the house and the people made him welcome, so he stayed and preached. As he was in hopes that good might be done in that place, 'I published it for you' [for Hanson to preach there - he was one of Bardsley's colleagues in the Macclesfield circuit].
He hopes to meet Hanson in Macclesfield on Saturday.
Bardsley sends his love to Mr and Mrs Peach, Mr and Mrs Burton and Miss Kennedy.
In a postscript, he mentions that when Hanson goes to Scalderswick on Friday, he should keep on the Buxton turnpike road almost as far as Newhaven until he comes almost to the Bull's Head public house. He then turns left to the house of the farmer Ralph Radcliff.