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To Samuel Wesley at Mr Farmery's house, St Margaret's Churchyard, Westminster, expressing her great disappointment at his condemnation of her practice of holding private services in her home, after his initial approval.

She does not know of more than three or four people, who are opposed to their meetings. Mr Inman [Wesley's Curate] is the main opponent, and she can only assume that it is because of their popularity compared with his preaching. Their effect is not to weaken the religious life of the parish, but rather to strengthen it - the number of worshippers at evening services has increased from about twenty-five to between two and three hundred.

The private services have also 'conciliated the minds of this people towards us', and brought families back to the Church after years of non-attendance. General conduct has also improved.

If Samuel condemns the practice, then it will prejudice the minds of the people against Inman, and drive them away from the Church.

[Note: Printed in Adam Clarke's Memorials of the Wesley Family, Volume 2, page 95-98.]