Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/4/23
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/4/23
      GB 135 Wesley Brown Folio 4, page 18.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d [28 Aug 1784?]

Scope and Content

From Bristol to Charles Wesley junior in Chesterfield Street, London (addressed to Samuel Wesley), reminding him to hire two horses for Wednesday. How did it go last Wednesday? When Charles wishes for his father's 'man', he should send to Mr Atlay. His son should not be put off writing from writing by the cost of postage, as the Methodists pay.

Charles junior should tell [William] Briggs writing from him, that when Briggs has mastered the music of Handel, [Alessandro] Scarlatti, [Francesco] Geminiani, and 'Coretti' [Arcangelo Corelli?], then he can regard himself as a master indeed.

He does not wish his son to perform at Windsor [the court of King George III], any more, as he considers that it is a 'nest of hornets'.

He dined on Wednesday with Mrs Washboro. Reference is made to publishing Charles junior's works.

As long as he is careful Charles junior should soon get out of debt. He would rather that Charles was more unhappy at owing money. Charles junior will soon also have his father's debts to pay, unless the city-concert alleviates their financial situation.

A woman cursed him in the street the other day for trying to save her against her will.

Mr Durbin is very distressed about his daughter Ally.

In a postscript he expresses the hope that his son's next letter will inform him of his recovery. His father is also 'getting rid of this same complaint -beware of fruit'.

Publication record: quoted in Dr Frank Baker's Charles Wesley - As revealed by his letters, page 114.