Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDCW/5/11
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDCW/5/11
      GB 133 Folio entitled Letters of the Revd C. Wesley, page 11
  • Dates of Creation
      30 Dec [1748]

Scope and Content

From [London] to [Sarah Gwynne junior]. A conversation which Charles had with [Alexander] White 'triumphant on his death bed' is described in detail. Reference is also made to 'my dying daughter Richardson'. After his talk with White, the assembled company prayed with the dying man '& PRAYED INDEED. Our Lord made us all drink one spirit'. He is sure that the Church as a whole will benefit from the prayer session. Charles felt so uplifted by the experience that he felt as if he was bore up on the wings of an eagle '& under the sense thereof began the following hymn', beginning 'O what a soul transporting sight'.

White died shortly after Charles left the house. His final words are given in detail, based on the report given to Charles the following day by his widow - 'an happy widow indeed'. Her account was confirmed by Sister Somerset, who was in attendance until the end.

Charles was very deeply moved by the experience.