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      GB 133 DDPr 1/28
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDPr 1/28
      GB 133 Leather Vol.VI - Letters Chiefly Addressed to the Rev. C Wesley, p.28
  • Dates of Creation
      29 Mar 1778
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From Samuel Farley in Bristol to Chesterfield Street, London. He has waited almost three years for peace to be restored [in North America] but to no avail. The unnatural alliance between France and the North American colonies will produce such changes to European politics, that will take a century of statesmanship to settle. Only God knows how it will all end. Revenge may stimulate the Americans to enter into this agreement [alliance with France] but if they do, they will eventually be betrayed by the French just as the Spanish were deceived in the last war, and it is possible that would bring about a reconciliation [between Britain and the colonies] on better terms than could be obtained by peace commissioners 'from those rough unpolished demagogues in greasy night capes and old woolen jackets'.

Farley has decided to travel to America and would rather do so before war is declared with the French. He is to sail from Bristol to Barbados, from there to ?tinico and then Charleston or Georgia. He may meet with some difficulties en passage and would appreciate Wesley's prayers. He sails in eight or ten days.

His mother and sister join in sending love.