- Richard Condy (1752-1800) entered the itinerancy in 1776 at Epworth in Lincolnshire. He ceased to travel in 1780 but re-entered in 1785 in Ireland where he served for seven years. He was superannuated in 1799 and died in London a year later. Source:Kenneth Garlick, An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Preachers and Missionaries, and the stations to which they were appointed 1739-1818 and information provided by John Lenton.
From Budworth to Samuel Garner, to be collected at the house of John Townley in Nicholas Street, Lancaster. [Lancaster was part of the Colne circuit where Condy was stationed in 1778]. Bardsley wishes Garner and Susey [Susan or Susanna] 'grace & glory'. It would have given him great pleasure to have helped them but it was impossible, as they live so far from his circuit. He thinks that the best way would be for Garner to 'work, journey, work a while' and to be as sober and careful as he can be and so set a good example to his friends. He trusts that the Lord will put it into hearts of Garner's friends to help him. Spiritual matters are discussed in detail.
If Garner and his wife leave Lancaster, he would be glad for them to settle anywhere where they can hear truth as it is in Jesus.
Bardsley is pleased that [Richard] Condy continues to come to Lancaster and even more gratified that the Lancaster Methodists continue to meet in private.
His dear love should be passed to Mr and Mrs Edwards and their children, to Richard Escolme[?] and his wife, Miss Gibson, Mrs Barrow and to any who ask after Bardsley and especially to Garner's parents and sister. It would give him great pleasure to see Lancaster again but he does not think that he will be able to fit in a visit before April. He will write before he comes.
Since he last saw Garner, Bardsley's dear mother [Martha] has died. It was great trial to lose her, but dearest friends must part. She feared God and he is hoping that she is now in heaven.
Spiritual matters are discussed.
In a postscript, he also passes on his regards to Mr Hesketh and to Polly Townley.