From Margaret Johnston in Lisleen, Annadale, Ulster, to John Pritchard, care of Mr McShean, Merchant of Londonderry, re spiritual matters.
She agrees entirely with his views on 'affliction' for 'the rod is as necessary as the staff it is a true mark of sonship to have it applied. Blessed be the hand of the infinitely wise and god [good?] parent, who hath not let thy mother go without chastisement'.
She has received a very pleasing letter from [John] Wesley, from which she quotes the following 'according to the account which you gave I cannot blame you for keeping the preachers at your house. In such circumstances you did well to detain them. It would have been cruelty to let them go…'.
[Related Material: Letter of John Wesley to Margaret Johnston dated February 16 1777.]