Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/1/87
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/1/87
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 1, page 106.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d [Feb 1776?]

Scope and Content

From the Duchess of Ancaster [Mary Bertie] to Judge Daines Barrington, thanking him for the amusing account of the musically gifted sons of Charles Wesley, and for arranging a performance by them.

24 Feb [1776]

At the bottom of the above is a letter from Barrington to Charles Wesley, apologising for sending the information about Charles junior and Samuel to the Duchess. He will try to bring the [accounts?] next Friday when he will introduce Messrs Musgrave and Davies. Mr Southwell will also be there.

Bishop Robert Lowth of Oxford has recommended Samuel to Bishop Richard Terrick of London, as a 'singing boy extraordinary', which recommendation he understands has been supported by Bishop John Egerton of Durham. This will leave Samuel's education entirely in the hands of his father. Barrington can however waive the proposal on the grounds that he has not consulted sufficiently with Charles senior.

Lord Kelly has apparently mentioned the names of both Wesley sons at the two concerts. Annotated by Charles Wesley - D of Ancaster's thanks, Sam refusing preferment.