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From Tiverton, Devon, to John Wesley at Mrs Grenville's house in Wine Street, Bristol, re spiritual matters with particular reference to the hysteria displayed by some Methodist converts.

Their mother had told him of her fears that the Methodists were heading toward a split with the Church of England. He begs his brother to beware of this, and to 'banish extemporary expositions and extemporary prayers'.

He has received John's abridgement of [George] Haliburton, and has sent for [Isaac] Watts.

He cannot help but feel that John is so fixed on one point, that he overlooks everything else - 'you overshoot, but Whitefield raves'.

John should inform him of his reasons why he does not expect a long life.

Samuel and Ursula are both in fair health.