E Grindrod to the Revd. Jabez Bunting, D.D., President of the Wesleyan Theological Institute, 12th June 1838
First page and address page of a letter to the Rev. Bunting by E. Grindrod, in which Grindrod declines a potential theological appointment at the Wesleyan Theological Institute.
Edmund Grindrod (1786-1842) was an English Wesleyan minister; he became President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1837 and wrote the 'Compendium of the Laws and Regulations of Wesleyan Methodism' in 1842. Jabez Bunting (1779-1858) has sometimes been described as the architect of the Wesleyan Methodist Church during the early 1800s. His leadership steered Methodism away from the Anglican Church, but his authoritarian leadership caused a split in Wesleyan Methodism which led many to leave. Bunting was elected President of the Wesleyan Conference four times, in 1820, 1828, 1836 and 1844.