- Lawrence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, was convicted in April 1760 of the murder of one of his servants, and was accordingly hanged at Tyburn the following month. He was first cousin to the Countess of Huntingdon and brother of the evangelical clergyman Walter Shirley. Source: Dictionary of National Biography.
From Walter Shirley in Loughrea, Ireland, to the "Foundery" [New Room] in Bristol. Shirley is very obliged to Charles for the attention which he has devoted to his sister. Spiritual matters are discussed.
What can he say about his unhappy brother? [Lawrence Shirley, Earl of Ferrers] and of their poor mother? It is clearly God's will that he should go to England and he will set out next week. He wishes above all things to meet with Charles or [John Wesley] in London. The Countess of Huntingdon has written a very affectionate letter.
He has heard that 'this wretched man' [his brother] has refused to see any relations or friends. Shirley is however determined that he will not be turned away and that he will carry the gospel to his brother despite himself. The life of his brother is not by any means beyond hope, but if Shirley can be the means of saving his brother's soul then 'I should not in the least repine, whatever should be determined concerning his fate'.