6th October 1767
A letter from John Wesley to George Merryweather (c.1743-1817) in Yarm, North Yorkshire.
Like most of the other letters written by Wesley to Merryweather in the museum's collection, this one also hints at problems with the Society (circuit) at Yarm. It would appear two preachers wanted to change places, and Merryweather was embroiled in the conflict. Wesley advised: "Get out of the fire as soon as you can".
Interestingly, Wesley opens the letter with a reference to "Mr Whitefield" who at "length meets me halfway". He may be referring to George Whitefield (1714-1770), fellow Holy Club member at Oxford but now leader of the Calvinist arm of Methodism opposed to Wesley's doctrines.
See also the other letters written by John Wesley to George Merryweather in the Online Collection.