Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/7/26
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/7/26
      GB 135 Charles Wesley Leather Volume 3, page 26
  • Dates of Creation
      23 Sep.[1769]

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Notes

  • The Davies sisters Marianne and Cecilia were both accomplished musicians and vocalists, and performed extensively at this time in Britain and overseas. Source: Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Leoni whose real name was Myer Lyons was a noted late eighteenth century vocalist, and manager for a time of the English Opera House in Dublin. Source: H. C. Colles, Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1927]

From Rebecca Gwynne [in London], to Charles Wesley junior in Charles Street, Bristol. She was pleased to hear that he enjoyed his visit to Wales and Hereford, although to pass 'thro Gloucester at such a season must have been a little mortifying', but she hopes that this season's London operas will compensate for they will be very grand both Leoni and [Marianne or Cecilia] Davies have been engaged to perform at Covent Garden.

Dr [Samuel] Arnold has inherited a large fortune on the death of his father in law.

Lady Anne sends her regards they meet once a week either here or in Newport Street.

Rebecca has been calling regularly at the Wesleys' house, because of Mrs Laning's serious illness, which she is now thankfully beginning to get over. Mr Spence who has been in attendance is optimistic that she will 'linger on (as she has hitherto done) for years to come'. Laning's daughter has been very dutiful, and [Elizabeth] Waller has also been kind. Despite her illness Laning ensured that the beds were 'shook and turned' each week.

Laning sends her regards to the Wesley family, as does [Elizabeth] Waller and her children Tom and Rebecca.

[Annotated by Charles Wesley junior Dear Aunt Gwynne of blessed memory.]

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Notes

  • The Davies sisters Marianne and Cecilia were both accomplished musicians and vocalists, and performed extensively at this time in Britain and overseas. Source: Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Leoni whose real name was Myer Lyons was a noted late eighteenth century vocalist, and manager for a time of the English Opera House in Dublin. Source: H. C. Colles, Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1927]