From John Radford in Shrewsbury to Mary Fletcher. Radford himself has not received any letter from Manchester185 although one did arrive this morning for Mrs S. [Simpson?]. From that letter, he has learned that there are changes to the preachers’ appointments for Broseley and Shrewsbury. [William] Gilgrass is now going to Stourport and Mr [John] Hodson is now appointed to the Madeley circuit. Radford believes Hodson to be an excellent man, quite suited to have the superintendency of the new arrangement. [Probably a reference to the fact that the Madeley circuit was a new creation out of the Shrewsbury circuit
He has also discovered that [William] Eden will not be coming to the Shrewsbury circuit – this seems remarkable to Radford after ‘what was said and done.’ [Marshall] Claxton remains on the list for Shrewsbury despite his objections.
‘I fully believe your way of obtaining preachers is altogether the best, and were it universally adopted, our preachers and people would more universally give and feel satisfaction.’ Radford’s appointment remains at Southampton.
He found it very painful to take leave of Fletcher and his other Madeley friends yesterday. He has never felt such reluctance in leaving a group of people – he is truly attached to them and the Lord has given his ministry favour in their eyes.
- John Hodson (1765-1832) was born at Seighford near Stafford. He was converted at the age of 26, joined the Methodist society and after spending some years as a class leader and local preacher, entered the itinerancy in 1797. His active circuit ministry was spent in Wales, the Midlands and the South of England. He caught a severe cold while stationed in the Shaftesbury circuit and this led to his death on 8 October 1832. Source: Hill's Arrangement 1827 and Minutes of Conference 1833