From Glaslough [Glass Lough, County Westmeath?] to Charles Mayne... in Coleraine [CountyLondonderry]. Barber recently saw Mr Mackie in this village who informed him that there is a goodprospect for successful ministry in Belfast and that there was a sermon preached there and acollection taken of more than £30 to 'prepare' a meeting place for the 'marine' congregation. Mayneshad used a ship but a rented house on the quayside would offer the probability of largercongregations as certain people are unwilling to venture onto the water at night.
It was in the vicinity of Coleraine that Barber commenced his own itinerancy in 1779. At thattime Dr [Adam] Clarke's father's house was one of the places where Barber found lodgings. He doesnot remember however spending a single night in Coleraine itself. Mr Davenport's family werefriendly and Barber had some slight acquaintance with the family of Robert [unreadable name] andwith Ned Evans's father-in-law. The [Anglican] Rector of Kilconan and Revd. Mr [unreadable name]contributed some money to Barber's building of a small preaching house in Mulliachical[?] and whenthey organised a class, Barber inserted [Adam] Clarke's name in it without Clarke's consent!Barber's labours were confined to the parish of Balligancherton [ ? ], Port Rush [County Antrim],Ballymagery, [unreadable name], Bush Mills [County Antrim] etc. Wherever he could find acongregation. or get a night's lodging such as in Port Stuart [County Londonderry] etc.
The Methodist preaching house here is seldom filled. The Clones Association [County Fermanagh]and the dissenting [unreadable word] of Glanaw both occupy the house opposite. At certain times they[the dissenters] have large congregations, but Barber thinks there are few conversions.
Spiritual matters are discussed. Barber’s eyes are weak and his hand shakes. His mindhowever ‘serene’ and his health is reasonable’ He meets with a class in his houseand has a t times supervised their Sunday School. He also visits the neighbours. there is nothingachieved by laziness but a poor name.
[His wife?] Anna joins in sending love.
Reference is made to Colonel [unreadable name] leaving shortly for London to attend the‘Imperial Parliament’
In a postscript he mentions that there have been showers that morning and a S.E. wind. The airis cold.
Barber is now in the seventy-second year of age.
- Charles Mayne (d.1838) was converted in early life in his nativeIreland and joined the Methodist society He entered the itinerancy in 1796 and exercised an activecircuit ministry throughout Ireland until superannuation in 1835. Mayne retired to Dublin where hedied on May 4 1838 after a short illness. Source:Minutesof Conference 1838 andHill's Arrangement1838.