From Charles Wesley to Sarah Wesley. From Devonshire Square, London [home of Samuel Lloyd]. 'We had all our talk this morning. By the 12th of Octr my Lord [Robert Manners] returns to Chertsey: & soon after - claims his bride [Mary Degge]. She MUST have a few days FIRST with you & Beck - I suppose to bewail her virginity'. The only time it can be managed is before 'my Lady' comes and Sarah must therefore engage the services of their 'most obliging friend…whom Ms Degge & her aunt earnestly request to oblige them with his & your company to S. Anne's. His chaise might bring you in two half days. Your road lies thro Maidenhead & Windsor. Suky will be glad to keep Miss Stonehouse company'. They may all be back in Dornford by October 11. Charles shall endeavour to meet them on Tuesday next at their friend's cottage. 'I could not make so free with any man on earth as with my [George] Stonehouse'.
Lord Robert Manners has been very agreeable and obliged his future bride by asking Charles to officiate at the wedding. He will send his chaise to fetch Charles and Sarah. Both parties 'require YOUR presence'.
Sarah must write directly so that Charles can receive it before Monday night.
- The marriage of Mary Degge to Lord Robert Manners did not in fact take place until 1 January 1756. Source: Burke's Peerage and Baronetage 1936.