letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDPr 2/29
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDPr 2/29
      GB 133 Leather Volume V - Letters of Methodist Preachers, p.29
  • Dates of Creation
      12 Mar 1770
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

From John Jones in Harwich to Charles Wesley. He wrote this letter to prove that he has not forgotten Wesley and his old friends and 'yt I do not shun to declare the whole Counsel of God in the plainest manner I possibly can...'.

'Jemmy' [James] Lloyd begins to 'apply' although it is difficult to get him to concentrate. He [Lloyd] has been very well since he came here and has 'spirit enough. I could easily love him too much'. Wesley should pass Jones's respects to Lloyd's parents when next he sees them. 'You are not in earnest with respect to MASTER CHARLEY and therefore I need not fear that my courage will be put to the trial. However, if we live to the summer, COME AND see, whether I shall be ashamed even of YOU. HARWICH is but twenty miles from COLCHESTER'.

Mr Gibson has been confined to his room for nearly three months which means that Jones has had to work extremely hard. But all is well because Jones does not expect any rest this side of the grave. Jones has no friend [patron] to procure him a Rectorship or Vicarage. He would be glad to have more time to prepare his sermons.

Jones has responsibility for fifty scholars, twenty of whom he teaches in return for the house which he lives in. He has seven boarders. One of his pupils is a nephew of Mr Ireland - Wesley should pass on Jones's respects to that gentleman and to [Anne] Vigor and her friends.

Wesley could help Jones by lending him a few manuscript sermons. His illness which has affected his head, has made him quite nervous as the thought of preaching extempore.

His wife Sally joins in sending best wishes

In a postscript he says that he pleased that Mr Ley has found employment

Shorthand annotations by John Jones

James Lloyd may have been connected with the London lawyer Samuel Lloyd, who was a close friend of Charles Wesley