WESLEY, JOHN. 1703-1791.
Autograph Letter Signed (Brother Wesley), 1 p, 4to, Bristol, March 2, 1789, to Mrs. Rachel Jones, with integral autograph address leaf, leaf heavily toned, with two printed tickets, 1810 and 1844, laid down to address leaf, postmarked, entire letter laid down to board, matted and framed to 17½ by 13½ inches.
At the twilight of his career as an evangelist and leader of the Methodist Church, John Wesley retired to Bristol, from whence he writes this letter to a fellow believer: Dear Sister, / as you desired it I can but send you a line. Altho I have not a moment to spare, you have, I own, exceeding reason to praise God who has dealt so mercifully with you. You have reason to praise him, likewise for hearing your prayer and [?] to those of your household. Now be a pattern to all that are round about you. Be a pattern of meekness, and lowliness in particular. Be the least of all and the servant of all. Be a companion of them and them only that worship in spirit and in truth. Read again and again the thirteenth chapter of St. Pauls First Epistle to the Corinthians. Then shall your light shine more and more unto the perfect day. I Corinthians 13 addresses the subject of love, particularly the love that Christians should have for one another.
Provenance: Documentation on the verso of the frame indicates that the letter passed from the recipient, Rachel Jones, to her son William Cordukes, to his sister Mary Cordukes Hield, to her daughter Elizabeth Hield Baker, to her daughter Mary Hield Baker, to her son William Hield Wright, and through his descendents to the present day.