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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/7/16
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/7/16
      GB 135 Charles Wesley Leather Volume 3, page 16.
  • Dates of Creation
      18 Jun [1763]

Scope and Content

From Sarah Wesley [in Bristol] to Charles Wesley at Mrs Butterfield's house in Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London. She is pleased that he had such a lucky escape.

Sarah's own 'body is brought low and my spirits are very faint'.

She has been out riding on each of the last three days, and feels somewhat better for the change of air.

She called this morning on Colonel and Mrs [Galatin] to find that he is unwell. Lady G. [Gatehouse?] is apparently afflicted with a nervous disorder and for the last two days has been confined to her house.

Charles Perronet has also been very ill, but is now recovered. He called round to advise her re her own complaint, and to ask that his best wishes be passed on to Charles. Reference is made to Mrs Batchelor. Sarah is pleased that Perronet does not seem to bear any ill will re past events.

Mrs James of E'mead [Earlsmead, Bristol] sends her love. Miss Peggy has had a bad cold and is very depressed as a result. Sarah thinks that this 'sickly season' is a result of the great drought.

Betty set out on Wednesday for Wales, and Sarah had to ask Mrs Farley for the loan of Betsy [a maidservant] until a replacement can be found.

If Charles were here 'you wd not think me fit to go to London'.

She would love to see him, but she realises how important his ministry is.

[ Charles Perronet was a son of the Revd. Vincent Perronet and an early Methodist preacher. Along with his brother Edward he incurred the Wesleys' displeasure in 1754 for advocating separation from the Church of England, and he subsequently left the Connexion. Source: Dictionary of National Biography.]