Letter

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From Norwich [Bardsley was stationed in Norwich in 1779] to Mr Hargreave at Hoton near Loughborough. Through the mercy of God, Bardsley arrived safely in this city. He has seen most of the circuit and has found that many of the people are very affectionate for which he is grateful.

It is a pretty circuit. They spend a month in the country and two weeks in the town. They have good congregations and an handsome chapel in Norwich itself.

Bardsley is physically healthy and is ready to do his master's will

He hopes that Hargreave and his wife are blessed with health and that their souls are alive to God. Bardsley also hopes that the welfare of their dear children lie close to their hearts. May they be the Lord's, by adoption and grace. Bardsley also sends his love to Hargreave's dear father and mother in Leek and also to Mrs Woodroffe and John Barson.

Bardsley had the pleasure of spending a night with Hargreave's dear brother in Northamptonshire. His dear love should be passed to him and his wife, together with Brother Rowland, Brother Savage and his daughter, Mrs Lacey and all who may after him in Ruddington [Nottingamshire?] and elsewhere.

In a postscript, he asks that either Hargreave or Rowland write to Bardsley soon. His love should be passed on to all the society at Hoton, Wynswold and Barton. Letter should be sent to him at Mr Wesley's chapel in Norwich.

To Mrs Kay at Mr Wesley's Chapel in Doncaster.

The other day Bardsley met with Kay's daughter in Norwich. She wanted to know if Bardsley knew how her mother was. She looked well and had a little child in her arms which she said was her own. She is apparently married to a Sergeant Moor who had apparently so displeased Kay that she would not write to them which made her very uneasy. Her great desire to hear from her mother is the reason for Bardsley writing this letter. She begs to be remembered to Kay and seems genuinely sorry that she has offended her. Bardsley hopes that Kay will pity her as she is her daughter and he begs Kay to write tenderly to her. If Kay has any objection to writing to Moor, then she can write to Bardsley and he will pass it on as she is to call upon him. Kay should direct a letter for him to the post office in Norwich.

His dear love should be given to Mr Manners, Mr Taylor and Norris. He would also like to be remembered to the preachers, to Brother Moss and his wife and all in the Doncaster society