- Jonathan Herne (fl.1769-91)entered the itinerancy in 1769 and exercised an active circuit ministry until his expulsion by the 1791 Conference for drunkenness. Source: Conference Journal 1791 and History of Wesleyan Methodism in Nottingham by G. H. Harwood (Nottingham 1872), 60
From Bacup [part of the Colne circuit where Bardsley was stationed in 1786] to Thomas Tatham , grocer in Nottingham. [For an account of Tatham's conversion experience see History of Wesleyan Methodism in Nottingham by G. H. Harwood (Nottingham 1872), 53-55] Bardsley has not forgotten Tatham kindly saying that he would be glad to hear from Bardsley. After they parted, Bardsley 'was mercifully preserved on my way both going and coming from the Conference [held in Bristol in 1786]'.
Bardsley is quite satisfied with his appointment. The Lord's work is prospering and a good number has joined the society since his arrival here.
Several of their dear friends have died in the Lord since the Conference.
Spiritual matters are discussed.
He trusts that the Methodists in Nottingham are doing well with their new chapel. [Nottingham's Hockley chapel opened in April 1783.] He supposes that all the seats are let. Bardsley hopes that they will be forced to pull down a side of the chapel to enlarge its capacity. Tatham should let him know how he likes the preachers [Jonathan Hern, James Bogie and William Heath]. Hern is a person of great ability while Bogie will be useful.
As Bardsley went to Bristol, he had company who would not stop so he was obliged to go through Gloucester without calling; however, he stopped on his return and waited on Miss Ogle with Tatham's letter. She was pleased to see Bardsley and went to hear Thomas Taylor preach. When Tatham writes next, he should be sure to encourage her to seek the Lord.
His regards should be passed to Mr and Mrs Bagshaw, Mr and Mrs Platts, Mr and Mrs Barlow, Mr and Mrs Woodward, Mr and Mrs Baguley, Mr and Mrs Gregory, Mr and Mrs Smith, Josh Wilson and his wife, Mr and Mrs Cox, Mr and Mrs Barker and their sister, Nancy Barker, Mr and Mrs Debell, Mr and Mrs Tutin, Mrs Salthouse, Mr Need, Mr and Mrs Hern, Mr Bogie, Mr and Mrs Tatham and all friends who ask after him. Is Miss Tutin married yet?
Letters can be sent to Bardsley at the Methodist chapel in Colne.