From 4 King Street, Salford to James Buckley, Buck’s Row, Charles Square, Hoxton, London.Atmore has just received the January issue of the Missionary Notices and is delighted with the plan.It does the [Missionary] committee and the ‘anonymous’ editor (who Atmore supposes isJabez Bunting) very great credit and in his judgement will materially secure the mission cause.Atmore would be grateful if Buckley would immediately send him back numbers of the February andMarch issues together with any intelligence by coach. Atmore believes that he will have to‘provide’ for the formation of a missionary society at Burnley on April 4. ShouldBuckley have any fresh news at about that time, he should let him have it. He knows thatBuckley’s time is precious but he would be grateful for this favour for an old friend.
The Methodists are doing very well here, with many added to the society. There appears to be ageneral revival in the country and he anticipates Methodism ‘filling the earth’. Thepreachers have increased from 178 in 1765 to more than 1600 today and the societies from 24,416 in1768 to 442,080.
His dear wife [Harriet] and children are very well, with the exception of Maria. He has his dearson [William] in a good position in Manchester. Atmore is truly thankful that he was away from[Woodhouse] school during that awful period. How are Buckley’s dear boys?
In a postscript, he reminds Buckley to send him the notices as soon as he can. ‘Poor[Samuel] Bradburn! [Died July 6 1816.] How is the state of his soul. I really feel much for him.
So poor [William?] Blagborne is gone!...’
- James Buckley (1772-1839) entered the itinerancy in 1792 andexercised an active circuit ministry until superannuation in 1832. He played an active part in theformation of the first Wesleyan Missionary Auxiliary Society and preached the introductory sermon onthat occasion. Buckley retired to Llanelly in Wales where he died on August 24 1839. Source:Hill’s Arrangement 1838 andMinutes of Conference 1840
- William Blagborne entered the itinerancy in 1785. He servedcircuits in several parts of England until superannuation in 1802. After a period of retirement inBath and York, he re-entered the active ministry in 1808. He was removed from the Legal Hundred bythe Conference of 1809 on account of his 'having gone to America'. Source:Minutes of Conference 1799-1809 andConference Journal 1809