Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/4/38
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/4/38
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 4, page 31.
  • Dates of Creation
      13 August.[1759]

Scope and Content

From London to Sarah Wesley in Bristol (delivered by Mrs Batchelor). John Wesley has gone to Newington near London, 'when his persecutor is not admitted'.

On Monday fortnight Charles intends to return to Bristol, and is very much looking forward to being reunited with his wife. His brother must be at Mr Berridge's on 28th August.

This morning he met with some people who have been converted since Charles arrived in town. His love should be given to Mr and Mrs Brown, and to George and Mrs Stonehouse. He shall do as Stonehouse asks as soon as he can get away writing from the classes.

Sarah should encourage Mrs Batchelor to go through with her persecution of 'those wretches'.

What news has been received writing from Wales?

Would Sarah have him write to Clifton near Bristol?

She has failed to answer several of the queries in his previous letters. He is beginning to doubt that she reads them. Either her eyes or her spare-time is letting her down.

The longer he stays in London before returning to Bristol for the winter, the less excuse John Wesley has for pressing him to remain here.

For eight weeks they have been praying for Prince Ferdinand [Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick?] at Spitalfields Chapel, and yesterday their prayers were answered with the reports of his victory over the French. Some people are complaining that the victory as reported in the Gazette is insignificant, but if that were the case Hanover would surely have been occupied.

Sarah should let him know if she wants anything writing from London. Lady Piers wanted to provide him with the necklace, but Charles refused.

Reference is made to Mrs Robinson's imminent embarkation for Georgia.

He dined yesterday with Robert Windsor, and paid him forty shillings for the 'sleves(?) etc'.

J Wh_ has been publicly disowned by Charles, while the testimony of John Wesley has driven him writing from the society, for which he may thank his crafty nature.

Did Mr Speers call?

[The reference in the above letter to current affairs, is to the victory of King Frederick the Great of Prussia and Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, over the French at the battle of Minden in 1759.]