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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDPr 2/57
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDPr 2/57
      GB 133 Leather Volume V - Letters of Methodist Preachers, p.57
  • Dates of Creation
      13 Mar 1780
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From John Valton in Bristol to Charles Wesley at the new chapel in City Road, London. He was waiting to find out how the affair at Bath [Bath Chapel dispute] would conclude before writing again. He is pleased to inform Wesley that there is now every prospect of harmony. 'I think that all the delinquents but myself have met with their demerits, and I trust that all things will work together for our good. I believe there is work for the circumcision knife in the opposite party, and I suppose that will be left for God to do'. Valton wrote a letter to the whole society 'and showed them the necessity of general humiliation; but my letter met with Cassandra's fate...I will take my place in the pulpit in my turn and endeavour to confirm my never dying love to them all. I have shook hands and joined heart with my greatest slanderers and wish them from my soul, all the happiness that they can wish for...' He will not give details of 'our little occurrences as the dear little indefatigable doctor [Dr Thomas Coke] can do this personally when he arrives'.

Valton has been struck down with a severe case of piles, which confined him to his quarters for some days. He is now feeling better and made a trip into Gloucestershire circuit and feels spiritually refreshed as a result. Spiritual matters are discussed.

John Wesley set out this morning for Stroud in Gloucestershire. 'He is healthy and cheerful and goes, I believe with eight hundred benedictions upon his head from the Bristol Society. My heart if possible, is more knit to him than ever, and sorry I am from my soul that I ever grieved him...'