To Mrs [Martha] Patty Chapman . As Ball has been prevented [by illness] from attending ‘thepublick means’, she is sitting down to write a few lines, something that she does not normallydo on the Sabbath when she is well. She blesses God that she is feeling better but is not yet strongenough to go out. Spiritual matters are discussed.
Ball has felt much of God’s presence and has been supported in her affliction by hersisters. Apart from a few short periods, her spirit has not been downcast. Spiritual matters arediscussed in detail.
- Martha [Patty] Chapman (fl.1770-85) was a lay Methodist ofWatlington near Tetsworth, Oxfordshire. John Wesley corresponded with her several times betweenDecember 1772 and November 1784. She also probably served as a class and band leader. Source: A Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism,compiled by Samuel Rogal (1997) and Women of MrWesley’s Methodism by Earl Kent Brown (Edwin Mellen Press 1983), 240