Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/2/67
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/2/67
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 2, page 88.
  • Dates of Creation
      6 Oct 1767

Scope and Content

From Rev. James Creighton in London, to Charles Wesley at the New Room in Bristol, enclosing a transcript of an address to the Archbishops and bishops of the Church of England 'upon the subject of Methodism, humbly proposing … a plan for preserving the people called Methodists in the Church of England'. It is intended to print the address in a newspaper, but Creighton has persuaded the author to postpone such a move, until Wesley has had an opportunity to examine the proposals, which include the ordination of John Wesley as a bishop. Creighton has doubts in any case as to the wisdom of making the address public, and suggests that Wesley consult with Lord Chief Justice Mansfield [William Murray] on his next visit to London. The author of the address wishes to remain anonymous for reasons which Wesley will appreciate. If he does not intend visiting London in the near future Creighton would appreciate a letter on the subject. Wesley should keep the address secret.