- John Shipman (1788-1853) was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. He entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1810 and after four years in home circuits, was appointed to serve as a missionary in the West Indies. He stayed overseas for eleven years and then returned to England where he laboured in home circuits until superannuation in 1850. He retired to Cheddar in Somerset where he was instrumental in the erection of a new chapel. Source: Methodist Magazine 1854, p.854.
From Henry Moore in London to [John] Shipman at the Methodist Chapel in Lynn, Norfolk. Moore has heard a report that John Hoxton, a local preacher from the London East Circuit, improperly conducted himself in Shipman's circuit 'by going to the theatre and other improprieties; and having learned that the principal witness, a traveller for a mercantile house resided in London, I caused an inquiry to be instituted'. It was found before several witnesses that the accusation was slanderous. The 'Traveller' declared that he had only made the comment in fun and that he had no idea that it would be taken seriously. Hoxton, 'this worthy brother and useful preacher is now therefore restored to the love and confidence of his brethren, as I hope he will be to yours, and to those who know him in Lynn'. As for the conduct of the 'Traveller', Moore need make no comment
Enclosed inside the above is the following note
From William Hill? to [John Hoxton]. In reply to the letter of 12th inst. He can simply say that [Hoxton] never did attend the theatre with Hill, nor can he remember saying that Hoxton did and if he did it was only in jest.
He is sorry for any harm that he may have inadvertently caused