From Liverpool to Samuel Bardsley at the Methodist Chapel in Manchester. He just now receivedBardsley’s last and was pleased to do so because of the respect which he has for Bardsley.
As to Bardsley undergoing many trials, Allen expects nothing less, for it is through tribulationthat people enter the Kingdom of God, ‘but as to thee being tried about thy wench (as thoucalls her), I know little about it by experience...weomen [sic] are little things to me & Iseldom trouble my head about them, not but that I have some thoughts about them, because I am a manas as well as thou art and possest of the same nature, and have the same Devil to tempt me, buthowever thro grace, I find power to resist his temptation...’
Bardsley told him something very strange in his last! - “ I had taken a room” what-taken a room! why thou would make one think thou was not right in thy head, or didst not know thyown mind to the door, for when I saw thee thou seemed not to have any thoughts of marrying as yet,but Lord, what is man, how changeable, and unstable is he, at the best...’ Spiritual mattersare discussed in detail.
Allen is pleased that Bardsley is corresponding also with [John] Pawson, for he does not know ofa man more serious or more willing to render advice.
Preaching is still a burden, but it is the Lord’s will.
‘I am just thinking to begin to live by rule, and intend to drink no more tea, and try ifit will not be better for my health...’
He will not say much more, as he expects to see Bardsley soon. His love should be given toMolly, Thomas, Jane and Allen’s cousin George, and to all his friends.