Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/9/103
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/9/103
      GB 135 Volume of Wesley Autograph Letters & Manuscripts, page 101.
  • Dates of Creation
      30 Dec 1793

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Note

  • Anne Cutler was converted by the preaching of William Bramwell. She achieved fame through the holiness of her life, and visited many circuits with great effect. She died in Macclesfield in 1794 aged thirty five. Source: William Bramwell, A Short Account of the Life and Death of Anne Cutler, 1796, and Revd. B. Smith, The History of Methodism in Macclesfield, 1875.

From Miss C. Rhodes in Leeds, Yorkshire, to [Frances] Pawson at the Mount Street Chapel in Liverpool. No doubt Pawson has heard of the revival taking place in several of the Yorkshire circuits. It is pleasing to report that this has now spread to Leeds, where several have been awakened to God, and the faith of two or three others deepened.

[Anne] 'Nanny' Cutler has been the chief instrument of this revival in Leeds and Forge. It is no surprise for Rhodes has never seen anyone 'so near to God, so dead to self…'.

Before Nanny's arrival and during Miss Ritchie's visit, Rhodes had been feeling particularly blessed. One afternoon at Miss Maud's house, while [Sarah] Crosby was at prayer Rhodes 'had such a view given me of the divine glory, as almost overcame my bodily powers…'. Soon after, she visited Forge for a few days and met there with Nanny Cutler, who further enhanced her feeling of spiritual awareness. Cutler then spent a week in Leeds, where 'the Lord made her of general use…at a prayer meeting I felt the power of God descend that I thought my day of Pentecost was fully come'. Spiritual matters are fully discussed.

Reference is made to 'strife about outward things', and an excessive preoccupation with the ordnances.

Miss Trip sends her love, and reference is made to a visit by [Joseph] Entwisle.

Note

Note

  • Anne Cutler was converted by the preaching of William Bramwell. She achieved fame through the holiness of her life, and visited many circuits with great effect. She died in Macclesfield in 1794 aged thirty five. Source: William Bramwell, A Short Account of the Life and Death of Anne Cutler, 1796, and Revd. B. Smith, The History of Methodism in Macclesfield, 1875.