Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/1/116
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/1/116
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 1, page 143.
  • Dates of Creation
      17 Feb 1796

Scope and Content

From Freeman Sheppard to Sally Wesley in Chesterfield Street, London. After Sally's visit yesterday Sheppard wrote letters to Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk and William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, asking for their assistance in obtaining for Charles junior the post of organist at Charterhouse [School].

A transcript of the letter to the Earl of Dartmouth is enclosed, in which she reminds the Earl of his great regard for John and Charles Wesley. Since the death of Charles Wesley senior his family have been in poor financial circumstances, and have had to go into debt to repair their home in Chesterfield Street. The ungrateful Methodists have failed to provide assistance, and Charles junior's retiring nature prevents him from making a personal approach of this nature. She asks therefore that His Lordship use his influence in the matter of the Charterhouse appointment.

The letter to the Duke of Norfolk is quite different in approach, appealing to the traditional generosity of the Howard family.

Sheppard expects to 'be scowled at by you all' but her motives are honest.

She discourses at length on the faults of the 'Methodists of the new stamp' as dominated by Dr Thomas Coke, and refers to the 'abominable blunders' committed by John and Charles Wesley, despite their undoubted genius.

Reference is made to several friends, namely [Rebecca] Gwynne, Mrs Foote, and Agnes Gibbs.