13 July 2016
WESLEY, John (1703-1791). Autograph letter signed (‘John Wesley’) to Tho[mas] Lee, Bristol, 15 August 1783.
‘Joseph Bradford is without delay to desire the Assistance of our Friends in London for the House at Nottingham. I hope all our Brethren will exert themselves therein...’. One page, small 4to (200 x 157mm), (seal tear, the loss preserved with the seal). Framed, laid down.
The minutes from the Methodist Conference of 1782 ask ‘What houses are to be built this year’: of the four listed, Nottingham is the first. Apparently tasked with this endeavour was Joseph Bradford (d.1808), close companion of Wesley and twice President of the Methodist Conference (in 1795 and 1803).
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