From Sheffield [Conference venue 1829]. He received a letter on Friday stating that Messrs Stormont and Clayton had applied to Mr French and the Brosely [class] leaders to sign a petition asking for Griffiths's removal [Griffiths was stationed in Madeley in 1828 and 1829]. They did not succeed and therefore abandoned the attempt.
Apparently, hearing of this development, 'F. Williams, Bro Geo etc…commenced a counter petition' but gave it up when the other petition was dropped. Griffiths has just now however received a letter from Mr J. Ward in which he says "I am sorry to say I have heard a letter was preparing to prevent your return to this circuit; therefore being thus informed, you will prepare accordingly, should the conference be inclined to attend to the contents of the letter for your removal". Griffiths therefore assumes that a document against him, has been delivered to Conference and is very sorry that the one which was being prepared in his favour, has been dropped.
He thinks that unless Tooth and the friends wish Mr [Stormont] etc to have their way, they should with all speed draw up a counter petition, signed by F. Williams and Mr Ward - he does not think that Ward will object, if it is simply a petition 'for my stoping no second preachers as it will not be at variance for the one he has signed for V. W. [Valentine Ward] as superintendent. And also the signatories of all the [class] leaders, stewards & [local] preachers who really wish me to return'. No time should be lost. Griffiths will certainly be very upset on his own account, Tooth's and that of the friends and the circuit, if the attempt to remove him is successful. This matter is a source of considerable pain to him.
The petition should be sent direct to Mr Moulton.
Tooth should excuse his scrawl - he thought it his duty to write without delay - 'I feel assured that you, F. Williams & the friends will act with promptitude. And indeed you must, or all is over.
Griffiths has just seen [Henry] Moore and he says that he will be with Tooth on August 13 or 14.
In a postscript, he passes on his love to all, '& say now is the time for them to shew whether they love me & the circuit or not'
- This issue was almost certainly tied in with the question of women preaching. Tooth preached regularly throughout the circuit, which activity was contrary to Conference dictates and was opposed by some and supported by others. Griffiths appears to have been in sympathy with Tooth's actions and this prompted the call for his removal.