- Gervase Smith (1821-82) was born at Langley in Derbishire. He entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1844. Smith served as secretary of Conference in 1873 and was elected President in 1875. In 1879 he was appointed secretary of the Metropolitan Chapel Building Fund and also served as secretary of Richmond College. He spent the last two years of his life as treasurer of the Auxiliary Fund. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974).
From 11 Horbury Circuit, Notting Hill, London, to Rev. Gervase Smith [stationed in the London Highbury Circuit]. He wishes that he could be with him on Sunday night, but J R's wife [Mary] and daughter would be pleased to have Smith for tea anyway. Kate told him today that she is very anxious to see Smith. He hopes that Smith did not take cold on Monday, 'where you did us good service'.