Letter

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/4/19
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/4/19
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 4, page 15.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d [23 Jul 1781?]

Scope and Content

From Marylebone, London, to Charles Wesley junior at [John Russell's house] in Guildford, Surrey. Upon receipt of this letter he should ask his host to book three places on Monday's coach. He trusts that his son is not feeling the effects of a fortnight's worth of late nights.

He should give half a crown to Mr Pollen's man-servant, and instruct Samuel to give a shilling to each of the maids.

Soon after Charles junior's return his father will be setting out for Bristol. Reference is made to the Gwynne family. Sarah insists that her husband should not travel alone, and they are depending on their eldest son to look after things in their absence. Charles and Sarah will only be staying a short while in Bristol.

Charles junior should collect the second subscription [for his concerts].

Charles senior feels that if he were to finish soon in St James's Churchyard, [Bristol], he would not be missed. First though he wants to set his son on the right road - 'but what has a man of fashion to do with that?'.

In a postscript he stresses that his children need to conquer pride, ambition and vanity, if they wish to reach heaven.

His regards should be passed to Lady Gatehouse, and his thanks to [John] Russell for his kindness.

Yesterday they visited Harris and Kingsbury, both of whom are feeling better. This document is damaged.