Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/4/90
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/4/90
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 4, page 78.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d [c1785]

Scope and Content

To Elizabeth Briggs [the daughter(?) of William and Elizabeth Briggs] of Shoreham in Kent, at the house of Mr George in Sevenoaks, hoping that she is happy among her friends, and that her sorrow is eased by 'resignation to the Divine Will'.

His last letter was ill-considered, as he did not realise that she would be unable to part with her servant just yet, either to Charles or to [Rebecca] Spilsbury. In any case Spilsbury was expecting her sister last night, and therefore acquired a servant from elsewhere. Elizabeth's two servants should not have too many problems finding alternative work when the time comes, for having worked for the Briggs family is recommendation enough.

He would be glad of the opportunity to talk with her, before she settles in a new home. He has paternal feelings toward her, and in his few days here is as interested in her happiness, as he is in that of his own daughter. Sarah and Sally Wesley join him in extending an invitation for Elizabeth to stay with them fora few days. She can come straight to them after she arrives in London.

His love should be passed to Elizabeth's brother and sister.

Reference is made to Elizabeth's deceased(?) grandfather [Revd Vincent Perronet].

Her reply should be sent not to Mrs Spilsbury, but direct to Chesterfield Street, London.

Ten criminals are to be hanged next week, and should be remembered in her prayers.

His love should be given to Mrs George, Mr Hogsflesh, Mr Lloyd, and all in the Society.