From John Downes [in Newcastle], to an unnamed correspondent. His health is good, although he has been lately 'indisposed …occasioned by rather too much exercise'.
The work prospers and is spreading to such an extent, that it is a shame there is no more help available.
It is a while since 'they heard the glad tidings at Bernard Castle [Castle Barnard, Co. Durham] & the grace of God enables them to bear up agt all the opposition which they meet'.
They have recently received an invitation from a publican to preach in Kendal, Westmorland. Reference is made to the good impression given to the people in that area by 'the exemplary behaviour of some Lady'.
They are also making efforts to extend the mission to Whitby in Yorkshire, as well as Durham and Chester Le Street, 'where there are multitudes…willing to hear the word'.
[John Downes was an itinerant for thirty one years, and was one of the four lay preachers who attended the first Conference in 1744. He was also an extremely gifted mathematician and artist. Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism, 1974]