From Jasper Robinson in Horncastle to John King ‘or resident preacher at the preaching house, Epworth’. ‘I am in very great need of my box. My present clothes being very old and breeches very bold…I wrote to T. Moor to hasten them if not sent off, which was about 3 weeks ago. I desired he would send me an answer and how you all go on, but I have not received any answer nor my box. I shall be obliged to you to send me word if they are sent off and which way they were sent…A parcel also I left directed to Leeds to L. Hobson etc and they are not received. My dear brother by hastening my box, you will do almost as much good as clothing the naked.’
14 Oct 1797
Written on the inside of reverse of the letter is the following
From Jasper Robinson to John King. His box arrived the day that he wrote the other part of this letter.
‘My brethren etc are not for going to law, it will they think involve us in great expense and hazard of making bad work if we should miscarry. The Nottingham [preaching] house I expect is 15 hundred L. in debt and therefore I would let them keep it. It may be they will soon grow weary of it themselves. I believe it will be best to raise another [chapel] in the room of it. I think the burden would be lighter, and there is no fear if our eye become single, but God will give his blessing unto us.’
Robinson was pleased to hear that the Epworth people have welcomed King. He prays that King and his colleague will prosper in their new appointment. He would be grateful to receive news of how things are at Retford and Thorne etc.
‘The Nottingham proposal I have not seen. If we go to law, it must be upon a sure plan of succeeding or it will make it worse. Thorne [preaching] house is out of debt, and I believe the opposite trustees would never hazard a lawsuit. I am inclined to think that if any of the false trustees have their will in keeping the houses, a little patience and it will very likely come to nought.’