From William Smith in Newcastle, to [Joseph] Benson at the Preaching House in Leeds, Yorkshire. He is very grateful to Mr and Mrs Hardon for their kind offer of accommodation during the Conference to be held in Leeds, but it is very unlikely that Smith will be attending his wife [Jane] is very unwell, and in any case business matters make any absence from home unwise. He would have liked to have seen Benson, but unless his friend can make a trip to Newcastle their meeting will not take place in the near future.
The parcel of books [containing copies of Benson's sermons] arrived, and was distributed among the principal societies in the circuit. Considering the value of the sermons, Smith is rather disappointed that they did not sell in greater numbers. He has yet to receive a detailed account of the sales, but will try to get more information to Benson by the time of the Conference.
Does Benson consider that the rewards from his [Benson's] intended publication will be worth the time and work involved?
Smith supposes that 'few of our people are in danger of being hurt by Mr Meadows's performance'.
[John] Wesley had a worthwhile visit to the area, and preached some very good sermons. Smith was however rather surprised to discover Wesley's opinions changed so much 'from what they were lately with respect to dividing circuits, he refuses to let ours be divided and insists on the places being supplied by 3 preachers. This will prevent their being so much in N_land Sunderland as they used to be, but I believe all the county places will be as well supplied except Alnwick'.