Letter

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      GB 133 DDWes/4/1
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/4/1
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 4, page 1.
  • Dates of Creation
      17 Dec 1748

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From Bath in Somerset to an unnamed correspondent dated December 15 1748, referring to the vindication at Kingswood of an innocent friend of his correspondent. Charles will give him further details should they meet again.

His correspondent's sister set out this morning for S W. Charles shall 'get her by & by within the reach of my net'.

[Mr Jones] has agreed to accompany Charles to London. The weather on the way to Bath was severe with winds so strong, that Charles could barely stay in the saddle, or his horse keep to the road. Moreover the highways are 'full of rain and robbers'.

He talked much with M N [Mrs Naylor], and reduced her to tears with his criticism of her recent behaviour. He left her alone for thirty minutes, before he relented and set her fears at rest.

Mrs E has discussed an unspecified subject with him and has promised her full assistance.

From London dated December 17 1748.

Charles preached at Bath on Thursday night to a 'polite audience & read a wonderful account of the condemned malefactors'.

Early on Friday morning they left in darkness and rain, and arrived at Calve, Wiltshire, in a very sad state. Within the hour they set off again much against Mr Jones's will - he cannot understand Charles's habit of never slowing down for the weather. As they approached the downs the wind grew so fierce that Charles was blown writing from his horse, and he did not dare remount. He has never known a wind so fierce. By the time they reached Hungerford in Berkshire, they had no strength left, and after changing his clothes Charles discovered he had lost the use of his right arm. It was only with great difficulty that he persuaded Jones back onto the road. Upon arriving in Newbury, Berkshire, Jones refused to go any further, so Charles went on alone to Woolhampton.

On Saturday morning he left at four in great 'cheerfulness of heart', such as he has not felt for many years. Mr [Thomas] Hardwick met him at Maidenhead, and they travelled together by post-chaise to Brentford, Middlesex -he could not have ridden any further as his strength was gone. At four in the afternoon he was reunited with his brother at the Foundery.

John Wesley accompanies him next week to Shoreham in Kent.