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      GB 133 DDPr 1/97
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDPr 1/97
      GB 133 Leather Vol.VI - Letters Chiefly Addressed to the Rev. C Wesley, p. 97
  • Dates of Creation
      8 Sep 1739
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From Benjamin Seward at Bengworth, [near Evesham, Worcestershire] to Mr Greville's house in Wine Street, Bristol.

[Benjamin Seward was the brother of William Seward, the first Methodist martyr. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) - see under William Seward.]

He was greatly uplifted yesterday morning by the receipt of letters from Charles Wesley and Brother Oakly. He rejoices that the Lord has blessed Charles's ministry and prays that this will continue. Seward is thankful also that Charles was instrumental in 'spreading his love abroad in my heart, my bowells being straitened before I was convinced that he "would take all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, being clearly satisfyd that by the oblation of himself...he made a full perfect and sufficient sacrifice...for the sins of the whole world...'

The day after Charles left, Seward went to a meeting of the Society 'in a sweet frame' but physically weak so that he did not think he would be able to say anything. It pleased God however to loosen his 'stammering' tongue, so that he was able to give an account of his conversion and then expound on Jeremiah Chapter 30 and Chronicles Chapter 2 - he had opened his bible on these chapters at random. He spoke with great fluency and power, which was surprising as he had never attempted the like before. His original intention had been to simply read the texts and add some short remarks of his own. He has expounded two or three times since, but without the same strength and power. His confidence is therefore at a low ebb and would be grateful for Charles's prayers.

Poor Sister Peggy was hurried away the Monday after Charles's departure by [damaged word], who was jealous of their often singing the praise of Jesus. Peggy sent Seward a sweet letter full of spiritual life, which he received on the morning of Oakly's arrival. She is undergoing persecution and needs earnest prayers.

He was pleased to hear that John Wesley is to visit this place, and hopes to see Charles again on his return to London. The Society here is steadfast despite the 'clamours' of the town.

The Cartwright family send their love. Mr Canon and many others have been converted.

Charles should pray for Seward's wife. She is tender and does not resent his faith. It is to be hoped that she herself will soon come to an understanding of God.