- Joseph Benson was one of the most highly regarded of Wesley's preachers. He served two terms as President of the Wesleyan Conference, and from 1803 until his death in 1822 occupied the important position of editor of the Methodist Magazine. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism, 1974 William Smith was a prominent Newcastle Methodist and Lay Preacher. He was married to Jane Vazeille the step daughter of John Wesley. Source: Methodist Magazine, July 1824
From William Smith in Newcastle, to [Joseph] Benson at the Preaching House in Leeds,Yorkshire. Smith is confined [through illness] to his chamber, but is resigned to God's will.
He is pleased that Benson's wife and young son are doing well.
Benson should send three hundred copies of his printed sermons. Smith and the other local preachers will certainly recommend their purchase by local Methodists. Any copies left over can be forwarded to a suitable person in Edinburgh.
Smith supposes that [John] Wesley will be embarking about now for Ireland. He seems fearful that he will die there, and if this proves to be the case then 'what commotions and revolutions will take place in the religious world'.