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From Salisbury, Wiltshire, to John Wesley on passage to Georgia.

He is pleased that Mr Hall is not giving 'you more conv__es? on boarde. John already knows his views on John's first adult baptism. The Moravians seem 'truly amiable'.

Samuel criticises strongly his brothers' experiment with a vegetarian diet - 'abstaining from meat is a doctrine of devils'.

John seems to have a good-sized congregation on board (forty out of eighty), and he approves of his attempt to learn German. He might consider learning modern Hebrew as well.

Mr Oglethorpe's acts of charity are only what Samuel has learned to expect from him. Charles preaching in Cowes, Isle of Wight, is evidence that he had no need to leave his native land to carry out good work.

Reference is made to the death of their father, and the arrest of their mother for a debt of £30, which Samuel has now paid off. Mrs Knight also threatened to arrest Susanna for owing a years rent, so that had to be paid also. Messrs Hutchinson and Vernon have each sent Susanna ten guineas.

The Commentary on Job has finally been published, but without an index. He had intended to compile one himself, but was warned not to do so on account of his poor health.

Mr Horne has sent no word of John's money order to Kezzy, so in a panic she wrote to Uncle Matthew Wesley, and received ten guineas which John should repay.

He is seeking books for a Classical Library, and is sure that John would approve of his first acquisition - a Polyglot Bible given him by a bankrupt merchant, in gratitude for Samuel giving him refuge from his creditors.

Samuel is very concerned re the provision (if any), that John has made for their mother in the event of her out-living Samuel, which considering his poor health is not unlikely. He will forgive John his 'taciturnity', and his stealing away of Charles, if only he will reassure him on this point. He does not blame John for not taking Susanna Junior with him to America, but it would have been nice if he had taken three or four of her children, and it is certainly to be hoped that he has made some allowance for them and their mother. Samuel's resources are fully taken up with Samuel Bentham and John Ellison.

One final piece of advice he has to give, is that John must try to get 'Bishops on your side the sea'.