From Bristol to Jabez Bunting at 16 Canterbury Place, Lambeth, London. Everything has beensettled with regard to the timing of the missionary meeting and the opening of Bath Chapel. Themeeting will take place on the 29th and the meeting will be on May 30th. [Joseph] Benson isappointed to preach on the night of the 28th.
Last week they held a missionary meeting in Stroud, attended by between forty and fifty.
He would be grateful if Bunting could ask Mr Thompson to favour them with his presence and takethe chair. Barber will write to Thompson in any case.
As Bunting will very soon have [Adam] Clarke, [Richard] Watson and Robert Newton in London,Barber must ask him to request them to attend the missionary meeting if possible.
They have at least got every great situation fora new chapel and building will begin as soon aspossible.
At their last quarter day, it was agreed to ask [Walter] Griffith to come to Bristol next year.That will be a disappointment to Mr [unreadable name] who Barber knew wanted to come.
When they concluded their last visitation of the classes, they found a net increase since theconference of five hundred and twenty-six and the work is still going well. Barber has almost madeup his mind not to go to Ireland. His health lately has not been very good... [ Barber died six daysafter this letter was written] and the new chapel here will take up all his attention.
Are [Thomas?] Ward and [John] Gaulter expected to be stationed in the [London] west circuit? Hasanything been said about making Southwark and Lambeth into a circuit? Bunting has no doubt heard ofthe work in Scotland.
How did Bunting find things in Manchester and the other places in that part of the world? Inaddition to Bunting's printed [unreadable word], will it not be necessary to name a number ofcircuits that are to have no more preachers than they can support? In some cases, could two circuitsbe made into one and possibly even three?
What does Bunting think of having six lay men involved with the committee in London? 'and threeof them that go out every year? Could any harm arise from thisT
He is sending with the letter, the two parcels [of letters] that came from [Benjamin] Clough [inCeylon]. If Barber were thirty years younger, he would offer himself for service in the East.
[Annotated by Bunting - 'Mr Barber's last letter to me']