Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/9/66
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/9/66
      GB 135 Volume of Wesley Autograph Letters &Manuscripts, page 66.
  • Dates of Creation
      19 Sep 1799

Scope and Content

From [Mercy] Doddridge in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, to Sally Wesley in Great Chesterfield Street, London. The Wesley family is often in her prayers because of their 'afflicted state on account of your worthy aunt [Rebecca Gwynne]'. It is to be hoped that lady will either find relief from her sufferings, or that God will take her to himself. Sally's recent silence leads Doddridge to assume that Gwynne is still alive. It is certain that she derives benefit from having Sally read to her, as well as 'your thousand tender attentions'.

Doddridge has been concerned about her friend Mrs Garle [?], who had arranged to visit the Doddridges with her sister after staying with her niece Mrs Dewes. Doddridge arranged to meet her friend with a chaise on the Warwick road at Evesham, only to receive a note shortly before leaving for the rendezvous, stating that Garle had suddenly fallen ill. Doddridge was both disappointed and apprehensive about her friend, but received word on Thursday that she was much better. Her weak state prevents her from continuing to Evesham, but she hopes to visit in the spring.

Doddridge is considering visiting Bayton, Worcestershire, or inviting her neice to stay. Ann's boys have just left after spending ten days with her. They were full of impatience for Mamma's arrival, 'who is indeed a most important person with them all…particularly as Mr Kt [Knight] wd soon spoil them'.

[Mercy Doddridge was the daughter of Philip Doddridge the famous nonconformist divine. Source: Dictionary of National Biography ]