From [Francis] F. Bretherton (President and General Secretary of the Wesley Historical Society) at 10 West Lawn, Sunderland, to Lewis Court in Quarry Close, Hill View Road, Minehead, Somerset.
[Frank Granville] Stafford has told him that Court is interested in Bible Christian literature and Bretherton would therefore like to take advantage of Court's specialist knowledge.
Bretherton has been interested in Methodist literature for more than forty years but must confess that until very recently he had never heard of the existence of a magazine called the Arminian Magazine other than Wesley's publication. About a year ago he obtained Volume II of the magazine for the year 1823. He understands that there were seven or eight volumes bearing that title and would be very grateful if Court could suggest where he could obtain copies of them.
He would also like to further his knowledge of the Bible Christian Magazine, which commenced in 1829 and was he understands the successor to the Arminian Magazine. The only volumes that he has seen are the two that he possesses, namely the issues for 1875 and 1876. Did it continue until the union of 1907?.
- Frank Granville Stafford (1884-1955) was born in Rochester, Kent, the son of John Stafford, a Free Methodist minister. He served with distinction during World War 1, was mentioned in despatches and was awarded the Military Medal. Stafford was accepted for the United Methodist ministry in 1917 while still in military service. He exercised his ministry for nearly thirty years in home circuits. Source: Beckerlegge and M R 16 Jun. 1955, p.4