- William Elton (1803-95) was born at Shawell near Lutterworth in Leicestershire. He was converted at the age of eighteen and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1829. Elton enjoyed an active Circuit ministry for forty-seven years. He was a powerful preacher with a gift for inspiring revivals. After superannuation in 1877, he took charge of Asbury Chapel in Birmingham. Source: Minutes of Conference 1895.
- Joseph Roberts (1790-1874) was born near Holmfirth, Yorkshire. He was converted at the age of eighteen and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1814. He exercised an active Circuit ministry for fifty-four years and did particularly notable work during the cholera epidemic of 1832 in Leeds. He became a superannuary in 1868 but continued to work in Bradford on Avon for a further four years. Source: Minutes of Conference 1874.
From Manchester to William Elton [stationed in Bolton, Lancashire]. At the preachers' meeting held this morning, the opinion was so against J R in the matter of [an unreadable sentence referring to J R's presence at a meeting on December 9th - possibly a promise by J R to preach at a Methodist meeting], that it would certainly cause trouble at Ancoats [a district of Manchester]. He feels therefore that he must recall the provisional engagement that he made with [Joseph] Roberts. Elton should feel assured that he is only doing this through necessity and will make an effort in the future to 'serve' Elton.