Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/4/59
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/4/59
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 4, page 50.
  • Dates of Creation
      5 Oct [1778?]

Scope and Content

From Bristol to [Sarah Wesley].

Sunday 27 September

He had little sleep during the night, but did not suffer any pain. The rain this morning provided him with an excuse for not visiting Kingswood. His 'complaint is stopt', and his strength is in large part restored. If he is to see Sarah next week, he must take care of himself.

The family here has left him very much to his own thoughts. He encloses a poem, which he has just read, the first line of which is 'Ill-counselled, vanquished, vilified, disgraced'. He thinks it applicable 'to one worthy of a better fate'.

Tuesday night

Miss Ludlow treated him to an hour of music - he would never have thought that she could play so well. He administered the sacrament again to the seriously ill young Mr Tudway, who despite his predicament does not seem to fear death.

He dined with 'hearty' Mr Hill and his sons. God has blessed him with greatly increased wealth.

Wednesday

He is very much better. Yesterday he was informed by Mr Hill, that Richard Hayes is courting a lady, who he first started seeing some years ago, only to have her mother (who has since died), object to the match. The lady concerned is worth £20,000.

Thursday 1 October

He has been afflicted with the lumbago.

Sunday

He dined at home before visiting Mr Tudway, who is noticeably weaker. Yesterday at F. Farley's house he met the quaker Mrs Nixon. She and her husband are almost starved, as is John Hilton. The quakers should really do something about it. He was just now 'comforted' by Sally's letter. Charles is sure that he make something of the girl, as long as Sarah does not interfere by discouraging Sally writing from studying regularly and rising early. Miss Worgan is to be married to Parsons the singer. Mrs Bankes is often depressed.

Monday

Yesterday Dr Ludlow satisfied him that he was not to blame for not calling on the Wesley family in London.

He slept well and rose before six. Mr Greenfield breakfasted with them -his aunt is close to death.

He rode to dine at Mr Washboro's house, and twice narrowly escaped being run over by carts, which should cure him of riding in the street. His host and hostess were full of love, and Washboro insisted on accompanying Charles almost to the door of his lodgings

. Samuel may 'by & by hear his brother [Charles junior] & himself on St Catherine's organ - for want of Dr W'.

Sarah's instructions about the small bed will 'be obliged by Miss Chapman'.