Letter

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  • Reference
      GB 133 DDWes/9/72
  • Former Reference
      GB 135 DDWes/9/72
      GB 135 Volume of Wesley Autograph Letters & Manuscripts, page 72.
  • Dates of Creation
      6/17 Feb 1778

Scope and Content

From Margaret Johnston in Lisleen, Annadale, Ulster, to John Pritchard at the New Room in Bristol. He was right to accuse her of thinking that 'human nature is a vile thing…even in those who have in some measure escaped the pollution, who have passed from death into life, some taints remain…', as exemplified by her own son Gregory.

The former Miss Sidney was married three weeks ago to Mr McCloghrey. It is good that 'she carried the farce of Methodism no further'. McCloghrey was accompanied by Mr Swindells when he arrived for the wedding, which took place on January 12th.

Johnston's health is rather indifferent, and indeed she is almost now as thin as Peggy McCutchan. Her mind has also been disturbed of late, although she is beginning to recover. Had Pritchard been in the North of Ireland still, she would have asked him to visit.

Spiritual matters are discussed.

She was both pleased and mortified by Pritchard's last letter, for while it is nice to be thought well of by friends, she cannot help but feel that he has too high an opinion of her. Among her many evils she knows that she has too much pride may it be purged by the power of Christ.

Before leaving Longford in County Longford, Johnston had the pleasure of the company of Pritchard's sister [Peggy] for ten days. She is a very amiable girl, of whom Johnston is very fond. Peggy asked her advice re her conduct, and was urged by Johnston to seek out the company of older Christian ladies, rather than men and women of her own age, for the latter especially generally set each other a bad example. Johnston also read out that part of Pritchard's last letter which concerned his sister, and Peggy was most affected.

14 February

This morning Mr and Mrs McCloghrey breakfasted in Clare on the way to Strabane and from there to Sandville. Pritchard is of course unaware that Johnston's son John is living with his wife in Clare.

17 February

She is 'surrounded with the world, the people do not come to preaching or class meeting, I look back at the days that are past and my heart mourns'.

Poor Nancy has been with Johnston since her return from Goshen.

Reference is made to Johnston's distressed state of recent weeks.

Mary Caldwell has been here for two days and Johnston believes that 'she is gaining ground'.

Brother Swindells sends his best wishes.

Miss Cochran and Mr and Mrs McCloghrey are setting off for Longford on February 22nd.

Reference is made to the disposal of some of Johnston's real property.

Johnston would like to spend more time in County Longford were it not for the presence there of a certain person [Mr G] spoken of by Pritchard in his last letter. She was very glad to get away from him.

Johnston's [daughter] Peggy is expecting a child in May, and she has promised to be there if possible.

She has received letters from Robert Crawford, [John] Wesley and [Jonathan] Hern.