8th February 1766
A letter from John Wesley to George Merryweather (c.1743-1817) in Yarm, North Yorkshire.
Wesley knew the Merryweathers well and had enjoyed their friendship for many years. Perhaps this explains his familiar but somewhat authoritarian tone. Wesley suggests Merryweather may be covering for another preacher at Yarm who "is grown faint" and admonishes him: "Let not regard for any man induce you, to betray the faith of God". Wesley was concerned that the failing preacher would adversely affect Yarm Society (or circuit): "Where Xtian (sic) Perfection is not strictly & explicitly preached, there is seldom any remarkable Blessing from God, & consequently, little addition to ye Society."
Wesley was certainly forthright with his preachers, and with his family and friends.
See also the other letters from John Wesley to George Merryweather in the Online Collection.