- Domville Halstead (fl.1740-78) of Lymm, Cheshire, matriculated at Trinity Hall Cambridge in 1741-42 and graduated LL.B. in 1749. He had previously been admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1739. Halstead was ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Norwich in June 1747 and undertook pastoral duties in his native town. He is referred to by some sources as the Rector of Lymm, but his name does not appear in the published lists. His residence is given as Dane Bank, Lymm. His son Peter (1763-1808) was also educated at Trinity Hall and served as Rector of Grappenhall in Cheshire and Ingestre, Staffordshire. Source: Alumni Cantabrigienses compiled by J. A. Venn (1940)
From Lymm to Revd. [Domville] Halstead in Lymm. He is writing this to inform Halstead that his youngest son behaved very rudely while Bardsley was preaching last night. He stood at the chapel door, making faces at Bardsley and laughed and shook his head while Bardsley was addressing the people.
Bardsley would esteem it a favour if Halstead could speak to the young gentleman and ask him to behave better. Religion is far too serious a thing to be laughed at.
Bardsley acknowledges that much scandal has been brought to the people who attend the Methodist chapel here by the behaviour of their late preacher Mr Mathews , but that the people detest such practices is shown by their preventing Mathews from ministering to them any more. Halstead can be assured that the Methodist preachers now in Lymm are not like their predecessor and Bardsley hopes that they will not all be condemned for Mathews's wickedness. Some of the clergy of the Church of England have after all 'behaved very much out of character' but shall Bardsley condemn them all? God forbid.