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Ink on paper; wax
From John Wesley to Robert Brackenbury, 20th October 1787

First page and address page of a letter written by John Wesley to preacher and friend Robert (Carr) Brackenbury (1752-1818) in St Helier, Jersey, in 1787. The letter illustrates how Wesley's hand writing deteriorated as he got older. Wesley found it increasingly hard to see, and sometimes he now dictated letters instead.

The spidery hand writing is hard to make out. John Wesley addresses membership in the Methodist Society and makes reference to a number of prominent Methodists of the day, including Adam Clarke and John Atlay, the book steward at Wesley's Chapel in the 1770s and 1780s. Atlay would soon leave the Methodists.

See also John Wesley's other letters to Brackenbury in the Online Collection.