From John Wesley to Robert (Carr) Brackenbury, November 7th, 1788
A letter written by John Wesley to his friend and protegee, Robert (Carr) Brackenbury (1752-1818) in Guernsey. As with most of Wesley's late letters, his handwriting is hard to make out. He mentions a number of Methodist preachers, including Adam Clarke.
Brackenbury was much younger than Wesley and came from a well-to-do and influential family. Unusually for a man of his background, he decided to join the Methodist cause and built his first Chapel above the stables of his newly-constructed mansion in Lincolnshire in 1779. A a preacher and Chapel builder, he was never ordained but was befriended, trusted and held in high regard by Wesley. Brackenbury spent much of the 1780s in France and then as a Methodist preacher in the Channel Islands, at least in part for health reasons.