From Little Brook Street, London, to [Sarah Wesley in Bristol]. He preached on Christmas afternoon at the Foundery on the same text as in the morning, namely 'Unto us a child is born…'. Their love feast was 'truly primitive'. Mrs Gallatin was among the guests, as was a young clergyman about to leave for North America, who asked for and received their prayers.
He stayed with Mrs G. [Gallatin], and yesterday morning [December 26th] she gave him a lift to the chapel, where he preached on the text 'The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this … many were comforted', and likewise during Communion. He prayed until he could find no more words, after which 'we lay silent at his feet'.
He called on Mrs Gumley, who gave him a lift to Lady Mary [Manners], and he spent a pleasant two hours with her and the children. She is pregnant again, and Lord Robert is laid up with the gout.
He dined at Mrs G's house with Colonel and Mrs Denby - 'he has found his way back to the chappel'.
At six he 'found Lady Gertrude [Hotham] lifted up from a bed of sickness'. Miss Milly and Sir Charles joined them in prayer and Communion - he was occupied there for about three hours. He accompanied Sir Charles back to his house, where they conversed for two hours more, and he prayed with the family, and then with Sir Charles alone. 101 After rising between six and seven, he had breakfast before Sir Charles gave him a lift to the chapel. He preached from the text 'He hath loved us & washed us from our sins in his own blood'.
He had dinner at Mr J – Anson's house. His brother Sir Thomas, who suffers from the palsy was also there - 'I found great faith & love for his soul, which I expressed in vehement prayer. All were melted in tears; the poor prodigal especially. I promised him redemption in my Master's name'
. Afterwards he rode to the Foundery, and then walked to Mr Lloyd's house, where he is finishing this letter. How is the health of Sarah and the children? His own bodily strength surprises him.