19th February 1790
Aged 87 and with failing eyesight, Wesley dictated this letter to one of his preachers in Sunderland. The letter is not in Wesley's hand, only the recipient's address and the signature are.
It appears Mr Gaulter (1765-1839) was having trouble with three individuals involved in the Methodist Society (or circuit) in Sunderland. Wesley calls them "brethren fallen asleep" and, more harshly, "Sinners of the Methodist Society".
As promised in the letter, John Wesley did indeed visit Sunderland later that year. On 12th June 1790, he preached an evening sermon to a large congregation there. It was his last visit.