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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/6/88
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/6/88
      GB 135 Wesley Letters Black Folio, page 100.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d [27 Jan 1829]

Scope and Content

From Charles Wesley junior to Miss Tooth. One time at Windsor Charles wrote to Dr [Theodore] Aylward the organist of St. George's Chapel, informing him of Wesley's intention to perform before King George III. Aylward replied that at any other time he would be welcome, but that as this was the last Sunday before the Royal party left for Weymouth, Aylward had decided to play himself. Mrs Mitis(?) was with Charles, and urged him to contact the King directly as Aylward was acting out of jealousy alone, and would if possible prevent Wesley from playing in the chapel at all. Charles followed her advice, and received in due course a Royal command to perform and attend the 'Antient musick in the [evenings]'.

Another time Charles encountered the King out driving in his carriage His Majesty put down his window and honoured Charles with a 'gracious bow'.

When Charles was first in Brighton, Sussex, the Prince of Wales sent for him. He was so taken aback by the beauty of the place [Brighton Pavilion], that he forgot to bow to the Prince, who was however very gracious and insisted that although he was aware that Charles did not drink a great deal, he must drink to his health and their better acquaintance.

Wesley has good reason to be pleased with the kind treatment that he has received from the House of Brunswick.

[For a continuation of this letter see DDWes 6/84 and 87- 90. ]