5th October 1763
This letter written by John Wesley to George Merryweather (c.1743-1817) relates to the opening of the octagonal Methodist Chapel in Yarm, Yorkshire.
Merryweather was a wealthy salt merchant involved deeply in the Methodist cause. He was overseeing the construction of Yarm Chapel on land given by his family. The letter confirms the arrangements for the opening but also hints at some troubles. Apparently, the number of 'hearers' of the sermons (as Wesley calls them) was decreasing and the book or 'tract' accounts of the society in Yarm were showing irregularities.
Yarm's octagonal Chapel was described by John Wesley in 1764 as 'by far the most elegant in England'.