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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDPr 1/25
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDPr 1/25
      GB 133 Leather Vol.VI - Letters Chiefly Addressed to the Rev. C Wesley, p.25
  • Dates of Creation
      [Mar 1785]
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From Henry Durbin in Bristol to Chesterfield Street, London. [John Wesley] has left for Holyhead in Anglesey to embark for Ireland.

In response to Charles Wesley's enquiry, it is pleasing to relate that the recent differences between John Wesley and Durbin have been settled honourably. Durbin wrote to John Wesley and the letter was carried to Bath by Mr B. Wesley did not appear pleased but came to Bristol anyway and talked with Mr B, Miss Johnson and many others. They showed his [John Wesley's] order to Durbin and 'insisted on his speaking to the Leaders, he seemed convinced & spoke to them, that Dr [Thomas] Coke had done wrong in sending such a letter to me, & if he [John Wesley] read it, was in such a hurry that he did not understand it, & that when the Dr [Coke] came here, he should publickly acknowledge it, but said nothing about his own letter, but said he always thought I was an HONEST man, & that as I had conveyed it according to that order, twas all he desired, but he certainly dont know what he says, as tis not conveyd to the new Conference; I think Hudibras says "He thats convincd against his will, is of the same opinion still".

As Durbin was still rather depressed about these recent events, he did not call on John Wesley or receive the sacraments from him, but last Saturday afternoon John Wesley visited Durbin at home with the preachers and gave him a [?class] ticket. He told Mr Stock that he 'took it very hard that I denyd him a dinner, but they all say, he done more for me than anyone, to acknowledge anything wrong'. Durbin was glad that Mr and Mrs Elton was present or he [Durbin] may have been overcome with emotion, so John Wesley said nothing more in front of the Eltons but shook hands with Durban. Mr B has been very active in this affair although Durbin had been of the same opinion as Charles Wesley about him.

Does Charles think Hetty will return this Spring? He would ask her but it would hurt to be refused.

[John] Atlay should be told that Durbin has convinced [John Wesley] to pay the poor woman the legacy of £100.

Durbin's sister sends her love.

A separate note on the reverse of the letter reads 'Mr Kenyon's opinion. As the Trust is vested absolutely in the trustee and no control reserved to the Donor, I do think any alteration can now be made in the mode of nomination prescribed by the deed. [signed] L. Kenyon'.

[Annotated by Charles Wesley - 'Durban & Kenyon. March 1785. B. [brother] ONCE in the wrong'.]

[ John Wesley makes no mention of the above incident in his journal for March 1785.]