From London to Jabez Bunting in Halifax. He need not tell Bunting that Barber is very busy. `Withreference to calling upon the people to give their weekly pence, as I got no support norencouragement from the Conference and what I had done was frequently given up by others, and I mademyself enemies without doing any good, I have therefore given it up...' It would be as well to havenothing to do with D. Barrowclough or his chapel. Both Barber and the circuit have had a substantialloss in the death of [John] Brown, especially as they now have two chapels more than they had atConference. St George's 'late Wapping' was opened at Christmas and the prospects seem very pleasing;the congregations are large and the society increases. A chapel has also been bought on Hackney Roadabout half a mile from the Dutch Church and there is a good prospect there also.
`Mr McD [James McDonald], Mr V. [Thomas Vasey] [Edward Vasey] and Mr [Thomas] Blanshard are notrevered[?] as preachers'
There is peace in the circuit and reasonable prosperity.
There was an unparalleled event at the last Quarterly meeting. It was moved and carried topetition Conference to allow all the preachers to return here for another year. The same was done inthe [London] West Circuit. The stated reason is the state of public affairs. However, Barbersupposes that it will be overruled by Conference, as another married preacher will be wanted forSpitalfields House. [William] Myles and [George] Marsden were mentioned as suitable appointees andConference will therefore be asked to send one of them. The West Circuit is to ask for [Robert]Newton. As Barber's dear boys are at the N. School [new or northern school - Woodhouse Grove -Barber's sons John junior and Samuel were pupils at Woodhouse Grove in Yorkshire from 1812], he willbe pleased to get an appointment to that part of the world if providence allows. Will Bunting want acircuit at Halifax? Will he have Barber as his colleague? Barber would be glad to be Bunting'shelper if he would like to accept the offer. Since their letter on public affairs has gone out, theyhave received a kind letter from Mr [unreadable name] offering either to bring a bill intoparliament or to support one introduced by another member to repeal all the present statutes 'and tomake that law which was supposed to be so before the new [unreadable phrase] upon the Act ofToleration' Barber thinks that the minister [Lord Sidmouth] is afraid of the Methodists anddissenters combining against him. [In 1811 the government minister Lord Sidmouth introduced a billbefore Parliament that would have placed very tight controls over the licensing of non-Anglicanpreachers. The bill was defeated after considerable agitation by the Methodists and dissentingChurches.]
The district meeting is to take place on May 4th and the Bible Society the day after. If Buntingcan spare the time, he would be welcome to come and spend some time here and treat the Barbers'house as his own. He should bring his wife if convenient.
Who does Bunting want to be in the [presidential] chair next Conference - [Richard] Reece,[Joseph] Entwisle, or John Gaulter?
Has Bunting seen the dear ladies lately? Does the work of God still prosper among them? His loveshould be passed to them.
Does Bunting like his situation? Does the mob disturb him at Halifax? It was dreadful work atMiddleton.
- John Brown (1782-1811) entered the itinerancy in 1801 and travelledwith considerable success. He was afflicted by a chest infection at the Conference of 1811 and diedafter a short illness, while on his way to take up his appointment in London. Source:Minutes of Conference 1812