16th January 1758
An early letter written by John Wesley to George Merryweather (c.1743-1817) in Yarm.
The Merryweathers were a merchant family who were committed Methodists. At the time, Methodism was growing in Yarm, and John Wesley writes: "If the Work of God does so increase at Yarm, we must not let the opportunity slip." He recommends that a travelling preacher visits every Sunday evening, or at least every other Sunday.
This letter was written a few years before Yarm's octagonal Methodist chapel was built on Merryweather land. See also John Wesley's letter of 5th October 1763 to George Merryweather in the Online Collection.