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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/6/92
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/6/92
      GB 135 Wesley Letters Black Folio, page 104.
  • Dates of Creation
      29 Jan 1830

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From Charles Wesley junior in Edgeware Road, London, to Miss Tooth in Hoxton Square. Mrs Grins(?) has been ill, but is rather better today. He hopes it will please God to restore Mrs Tooth to good health.

Miss Jones of Bristol informs Charles that his brother 'is showing off to a large audience'. Charles has not heard if Brother Wakstaff has joined 'the harmonic party'.

Mr Bingham (a friend of Charles's late dear sister Sally) informs him that Mr Watson has had an audience with King George IV, who is apparently approving of Watson's latest book, and has secured for Watson's son a post in the treasury worth £300 per annum. Does Miss Tooth know if this is true? Watson could not have been at Windsor Castle without a Royal Command.

Charles has sent a hymn to Mrs Howden, the words of which were written by [John] Gambold, who when he was asked by Charles's father why he had quit the Anglican ministry to join the Moravians, answered 'for the repose of my reason'. A trick played on Gambold when a student at Oxford is also described.

Yesterday Charles was taken in Mrs Dalton's carriage accompanied by Mrs Dalton, and Jane Jeffries to St. Martin's Lane, where he performed on an organ made for Mr Pigott [John Hugh Smyth Pigott] of Brockley [Hall] near Bristol the makers of the instrument did not wish Charles's brother Samuel to 'get in with that rich gentleman'. Charles knew Pigott's uncle, who was a 'grand oddity'. Apparently when he was imprisoned in Paris, he organised concerts and dinners from his cell, and was finally released on Napoleon's orders.

[John Gambold was a member of the Holy Club at Oxford University, and an ordained Anglican minister. In 1742 he left the Church of England to join the Moravians, and was subsequently appointed their first English Bishop. Source: Dictionary of National Biography]