John Wesley to Joseph Conn(w)ly in Glasgow, February 14th, 1789
A letter written by John Wesley in 1789 addressed to Joseph Cownl(e)y (1723-1792) at the Methodist Chapel in Glasgow. A clearly angry Wesley discusses the appointment of Methodist preachers, and asserts his role that only he may appoint them: "I retain & cannot but retain it alone (underscored) as long I live. Then it will devolve on ye Conference (underscored).
Joseph Cownley was a talented Wesleyan Methodist preacher and in regular correspondence with John Wesley over more than forty years. See further letters from John Wesley to Cownl(e)y in the Online Collection.