Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/8/36
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/8/36
      GB 135 Volume of transcriptions of Wesley Family Letters, page 131.
  • Dates of Creation
      14 Aug 1734

Scope and Content

Copy letter from Kezia Wesley [in Bakewell, Derbyshire],to [John Wesley]. In accordance with his wish, she shall give him as full 'an account of my state as possible'. She rises at five, breakfasts at nine, reads the 'Spectator' for an hour, followed by work until dinner. After eating they work together until six, and sit down to supper at seven. They talk of 'indifferent subjects' until prayers at nine, followed by bed at about ten. They do not talk much of religion, 'because it is thought quite particular'. Mr Boyse does sometimes make a moral observation 'when he can do it without appearing too singular'. She is sorry that she is unable to stick to any fixed time for retirement in the evening, except she is determined not to go visiting or receive visitors she is much easier for spending an hour alone.

Mr Boyse has lent her Stanhope's four volume commentary on the Epistles and Gospels they should last her until they meet again.

She is grateful for his 'exhortation, though I am in no danger of reading curious books, because here there are none but what I have seen'. She is about half way through reading the little book of meditations, which she began when they saw each other last. She remembers John fearing that the author was a heretic for his wise caution against condemnation because the subjects under discussion did not accord with common belief. He examines justification, Jesus Christ, and the Athenasian creed in a very different manner to what she is used to. Her thoughts re the book are discussed in detail.

She has kept an account of her expenses since coming to Bakewell, and they amount so far to thirty shillings. The place, the company,and routine, are very agreeable to her, although she finds being so far from a clock very inconvenient. Mr Kirkham tried without success to get her an alarm.

She is much easier than she has been for years.

In a postscript she mentions that Mr Boyse is asking if there is any chance of his seeing Samuel Wesley's commentary on Job completed.