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To [Thomas] Taylor at the house of Thomas Whitaker junior, comb-maker of Colne. Bardsley wrote to Taylor from Padiham and hopes that the letter arrived safely. He received Taylor's letter at Heptonstall and was grateful for the advice contained therein. Before the quarter day, Bardsley was given at Padiham [part of the page is missing at this point but Bardsley was probably given some money] by Brother Wood while Brother Lawrence gave him two shillings at Bacup, and another young man who they call Henry at Bacup gave him another one shilling. Five shillings went to pay for the horse that he hired at Skipton. If Taylor recalls, Bardsley told him and Brother [Thomas] Colbeck about it but without mentioning details, as it was not decided until the meeting was over, to make a collection to cover the horse hire. 'Our brother where we preach at Dunacshaw, wanted an old horse so I left my mare there, and borrowed a [missing word].'

Taylor should send a note to Bardsley at Otley and let him know if he has seen any that he can recommend - he people here are kind, so that he has no doubt that money will be forthcoming.

Bardsley thinks that the friends at Heptonstall behaved well. He has received the following amounts of money;

  • Bacup 0.11.11
  • Pemin 0.9.0
  • Ewood 0.6.4
  • Rodel End 0.9.0
  • Hoohole 0.8.6
  • Heptonstall 1.15.3
  • Beamsley 0.6.3
  • Addingham 0.8.9
  • Wilsden Hill 0.4.0
  • Denholm 0.10.4
  • Total £15.9.4
'A creadible farmer will desire you at call at his house between Ewood and Heptonstall. I think there is a prospect of good'.



  • Thomas Taylor (1738-1816) was born in Rothwell, Yorkshire. He entered the itinerancy in 1761. Among the earliest Wesleyan preachers to work in Wales, he later laboured as far afield as Ireland, Scotland and several parts of England in an itinerancy that lasted for longer than John Wesley's. Taylor was ordained into the Wesleyan ministry in 1791 and served as President of Conference in 1796 and 1809. He retired from the active ministry in 1816 and died later that year. Source: Arminian Magazine 1780, 367 and 420, Methodist Magazine 1816, 945 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)
  • Thomas Colbeck (1723-79) was an influential Yorkshire Methodist. A grocer by trade, he devoted his spare time to helping establish Methodism in the Yorkshire/Lancashire border area. He was steward of the important Haworth Circuit for almost thirty years, and was a close friend of the famous Evangelical clergyman William Grimshaw. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)