- Richard Waddy (1769-1853) was born at Bilton in Yorkshire. He joined a Methodist class at the age of eighteen and shortly afterwards became a local preacher. Waddy entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1793 and served circuits in England and Scotland until superannuation in 1847. He spent his final years in Southampton. Waddy wrote A Vindication of the Methodists in a letter to the Rev. T. Y. Derby (1804) and The Christian Soldier's Manual (1815). His son Samuel Dousland Waddy (1804-76) also entered the Wesleyan ministry and served as President of Conference in 1859. Samuel's son Samuel Danks Waddy was a Gladstonian Liberal Member of Parliament. Source: Minutes of Conference 1853, Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)
- John Simpson (1765-1843) was born at Norland near Halifax. He entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1790 and served circuits, mainly in the North of England and the Midlands, until superannuation in 1830. He settled first in Grantham, Lincolnshire, and then Newark, where he died on 13 May 1843. Source: Minutes of Conference 1843
From Richard Waddy in Dudley to Mary Tooth at Madeley Vicarage. He received her letter and, as requested, has replied by return of post. Had she required his services on a Sunday, he would not have been able to comply, but as any day of the week is acceptable, he can come on the 17th, 18th or 19th inst. He cannot come after the 19th as he needs to be in Manchester on the 22nd.
Waddy is particularly keen to comply with this request as he wishes very much to see "good Mrs [Mary] Fletcher" before she dies. Tooth should pass on his best wishes. Waddy's wife also sends her regards to Tooth and her sister [Rosamund].
It will be necessary as a point of procedure for a written invitation to come to Waddy from [John] Simpson 'as our laws prohibit our going into any circuit to preach on a public occasion without it.'