By unknown artist, Late 1700s
John Atlay (born 1736) was John Wesley's book steward at the City Road Chapel. The book steward was responsible for the day-to-day management of the so-called 'Book Room', Methodism's (and Wesley's) first publishing house. The Book Room used to be on City Road also, virtually next door to the Chapel. Atlay managed to reduce the debts of the Book Room in the 1770s and turned the business around in the 1780s - although Wesley tended to spend any surplus monies freely and as he saw fit.