WESLEYAN

[ Richard Slate of Preston, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Slate') to Samuel Walker Alliot, regarding collecting and exchanging of nonconformist letters, with printed notice listing wanted 'Wesleyan Presidents'.

Author: 
Richard Slate (1787-1867) of Preston, Congregational minister, biographical writer and temperance campaigner
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter: Preston [ Lancashire ], 25 November 1863. Printed text undated.
£250.00

For information on Slate, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is a 12mo bifolium, with the two-page autograph letter to Alliot on the first leaf, and the printed notice on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks Alliot and names the authors of three letters he would like, adding: 'I take it for granted they are letters similar to Dr. Buntings, which I have enclosed and not mere autographs. Walter Griffith's letter (which I will send when I hear from you) is quite equal to Dr. Bunting's but longer.

[ The Wesleyan Conference, Sheffield, 1875. ] Autograph Letter Signed from Stephen P. Harvard to 'Mr. Walker', reporting on doings at the Conference.

Author: 
Stephen P. Harvard (d.1905), Wesleyan Methodist minister and author [ The Wesleyan Conference, Sheffield, 1875; Rev. Walker of Liverpool ]
Publication details: 
Carver Street, Sheffield. 12 August 1875.
£180.00

Regarding the Sheffield Wesleyan Conference of 1875 see the article in the Spectator, 14 August 1875, 'The Wesleyan Ultramontanes', and the long review of the conference minutes in the London Quarterly, no.45, vol.89. The present item is 2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. An interesting gossipy letter from a committee member at the conference, satirising two of the others present as 'Mr. Pepys in Conference' and 'Those who approve'. 2pp., 12mo.

[ The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Canterbury, Kent. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Saml. Webb.') from Samuel Webb to Manchester philanthropist John Fernley

Author: 
Samuel Webb of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [ St Peter's Methodist Church ], Canterbury, Kent [ John Fernley (1796-1873), Wesleyan Methodist and philanthropist of Manchester and Southport ]
Publication details: 
Canterbury [ Kent ]. 13 October 1838.
£120.00

The Chapel was erected in 1811 and still stands, albeit with unsympathetic internal alterations dating from the 1990s. Kelly's Directory of 1889 describes it thus: 'The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (situated in St. Peter's Street) is a handsome building, with portico, erected in 1811, and provides accommodation for 960 persons. Ministers are elected at the Annual Wesleyan Conference.' 2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with two postmarks, on reverse of second leaf, 'To J. Fernley | Manchester | Care of the Rev. J.: Rigg, | Wesleyan Minister, | Oldham St. | Manchester'.

[ Richard Slate of Preston, Congregational minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Slate') to Samuel Walker Alliot, regarding collecting and exchanging of nonconformist letters, with printed notice listing wanted 'Wesleyan Presidents'.

Author: 
Richard Slate (1787-1867) of Preston, Congregational minister, biographical writer and temperance campaigner
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter: Preston [ Lancashire ], 25 November 1863. Printed text undated.
£120.00

For information on Slate, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The present item is a 12mo bifolium, with the two-page autograph letter to Alliot on the first leaf, and the printed notice on the recto of the second. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks Alliot and names the authors of three letters he would like, adding: 'I take it for granted they are letters similar to Dr. Buntings, which I have enclosed and not mere autographs. Walter Griffith's letter (which I will send when I hear from you) is quite equal to Dr. Bunting's but longer.

[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester. ] Forms of application for permission to 'erect a chapel' and 'sell trust property', signed by the trustees, with Autograph Letter Signed from John Bedford and copies of letters from Edwin H. Tindall.

Author: 
[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester; Edwin H. Tindall; John Bedford (1810-1879) of Charlton, President of the Methodist Conference, 1867]
Publication details: 
[ Oldham Street Methodist Chapel, Manchester, Lancashire. ] 1875 (letters) and 1879 (forms of application). Tindall's second letter from 18 Acomb Street, Manchester. Bedford's letter from 2 George Street, Carlisle.
£450.00

See S. Taylor and J. Holder, 'Manchester's Northern Quarter' (English Heritage, 2008), which refers to 'the construction in 1781 of a Methodist Chapel, in a grand Georgian-Gothic style on Oldham Street, which replaced the earlier chapel on Birchin Lane'. This is said by Taylor and Holder to have been replaced, 1855-1856, by the Methodist Central Hall, which still stands. The dramatic changes being proposed in the present collection would appear to have been contemplated in the face of a new and large working class congregation. Five items, in good condition, with light signs of age and wear.

[ Humphry Sandwith III, physician and Methodist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Rev Mr Walker', asking him to promote a public meeting [ in Doncaster ], with reference to 'Mr. Greathead' and 'Revd. Mr. Macguire of Clerkenwell'.

Author: 
Humphry Sandwith III (1792-1874), physician. and first editor of the Methodist journal 'The Watchman'
Publication details: 
[ Doncaster, Yorkshire. ] 'Sunday p.m. | Feby 14 1864'.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. He explains that his 'first object' in calling on Walker was to ask him 'to say a few emphatic words on the subject of the Notice you are requested to read this evening at Waltham Street. I refer to the Public Meeting to be held in the Public Rooms in Jarratt Street on Friday evening next at 7 o'clock.' He complains that 'Mr. Greathead simply read [last two words underlined] the Notice this morning; and unluckily he did this while the boxes were being circulated for the Chapel Fund Collection', and that 'the reading of it would, if heard at all, make little impression'.

[ John McOwan, Wesleyan Methodist minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J McOwan') [ to Rev. Walker ] and discussing a number of topics, in particular 'Bro. S Dunn' and 'the Division Question'

Author: 
John McOwan, Wesleyan Methodist minister, superintendent of the Huddersfield Buxton Road circuit
Publication details: 
Halifax [ Yorkshire ]. 19 February 1847.
£100.00

6pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The recipient is not identified, but is a 'Brother' minister, husband of the 'Mrs Walker' and father of the 'young Sam' named at the end.

[ Josiah Hudson, Wesleyan Methodist minister in Scotland and India. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Brother' James Ward, giving an account of the 'Yearly Expenditure' of his chapel in Ayr, and discussing the predicament of 'Scotch Chapels' like Ward's.

Author: 
Josiah Hudson, minister in Ayr, Scotland, pastor of the Wesleyan Mission Canarse Chapel, Bangalore, India [ Rev. James Ward ]
Publication details: 
Ayr [ Scotland ]. 31 August 1837.
£200.00

The Hudson Memorial Church in Bangalore, founded in 1904, commemorates Hudson's work at he Wesleyan Mission Canarse Chapel. The present item, dating from an earlier part of Hudson's career, casts an interesting light on the practicalities of religious administration in Scotland in the Georgian period. 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with remains of red wax seal and postmark, to 'Mr. John Ward | Park Lane, Lightmoor | Near Shiffnall | Shropshire | L B.' Docketed: 'Particulars as to income &c &c'. He has not been 'indifferent' to Ward's 'very trying affair'.

[ John Wesley Etheridge, Semitic scholar. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. W. Etheridge'), regarding the identity of a correspondent of Dr Adam Clarke.

Author: 
J. W. Etheridge [ John Wesley Etheridge ] (1804-1866), Wesleyan Methodist minister and Semitic scholar [ Adam Clarke (1762-1832), Wesleyan Methodist minister and scholar ]
Publication details: 
St Austell. 30 October 1863.
£65.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. 23 lines of text in a neat and distinctive hand. The male recipient is not identified. Had Etheridge not been 'much from home on one journey after another', he would have written before. 'I have been referring to my papers, but find nothing that will give you any certain information about the lady to whom Dr Clarke's letter is addressed, except that her husband was connected with the civil service in India, though about even that I am not absolutely sure.' He was given 'some particulars relative to Mrs Tompkin's family' by the 'late Mrs.

[ John Wesley and Methodism. ] Three items from the papers of Rev. Richard Bartelot: Autograph Letters Signed from J. S. Simon of Wesley Historical Society and J. Crosland of Sutton Bridge; printed programme of Liverpool bi-centenary celebrations.

Author: 
[ John Wesley and Methodism ] Rev. John Smith Simon (1843-1933), President of the Wesley Historical Society; J. Crosland of Sutton Bridge, Wisbech [ Rev. Richard Bartelot (1868-1947), local historian
Publication details: 
Crosland's letter on letterhead of Sutton Bridge, Wisbech, 16 June 1903. Simon's letter on Wesley Historical Society letterhead, 22 April 1914. Programme from Liverpool Wesleyan Methodist Council, for celebration on 17 June 1903.
£120.00

The three items in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: ALS [to Bartelot] from 'J. Crosland'. (There are postcards printed by 'J. Crosland and Son, Post Office, Sutton Bridge Wisbech.') 3pp., 12mo.

[ Printed pamphlet. ] A Lie in Five Chapters? Or the Rev. Hugh Price Hughes's "Converted Atheist." By G. W. Foote (President of the National Secular Society).

Author: 
G. W. Foote (President of the National Secular Society) [ George William Foote (1850-1915); Rev. Hugh Price Hughes (1847-1902) ]
Publication details: 
'Second Edition. (Completing Ten Thousand.)' London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, London, E.C.' 1892.
£50.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. P.15 carries a 'Postscript to Second Edition', dated January 1892, in which Foote declares that it is time 'to fling aside all reserve, and I unhesitatingly call Mr. Hughes's story a lie from beginning to end. It does not contain even a mixture of truth; it is pure, unadulterated falsehood.' The last page carries a list of 'Works by G. W. Foote.' Scarce: no copies of the first or any other edition on COPAC, and the only two copies of this second edition at the British Library and Humanist Library.

[ James Everett, Manchester bookseller and Wesleyan minister. ] Autograph Letter Signed to him from 'W. Brailsford', urging him to preach a 'preparatory Sermon' at a meeting of 'the Missionary committee' in Longholme.

Author: 
W. Brailsford of Longholme [ James Everett (1784-1872), Wesleyan minister and Manchester bookseller ]
Publication details: 
Longholme [ Manchester ]. 24 September 1832.
£56.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed on reverse to 'Mr. Everett | Market Street | Manchester'. Brailsford has been 'desired by the Missionary committee connected with this place to write you & earnestly to request the favour of yr. Services at their approaching Anniversary which is fixed for Monday Oct. 22nd. by preaching a preparatory Sermon on the Sunday eveng. Oct 21.

[ Rev. Thomas Blanshard, Book-Steward, Methodist Book-Room, London. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Tho Blanshard') to Rev. George Johnstone in Jamaica, giving details and itemised account of 'Sums of Money due to the Book Room from Jamaica'.

Author: 
Rev. Thomas Blanshard, Book-Steward, Methodist Book Room, City Road, London [ Rev. George Johnstone (c.1765-1821), Methodist missionary in the West Indies ]
Publication details: 
[ Methodist Book Room, City Road ] London. 3 January 1820.
£150.00

2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight loss to text from breaking open of seal, and some repair with archival tape, and a square of paper neatly cut away from second leaf. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Revd G Johnstone | Methodist Chapel | Kingstone | Jamaica'. Letter on one page and 'Mr G Johnstone Dr in account with T Blanshard'. Writing to his 'Dear Bro[th]er', he hopes that Johnstone will be able to settle the annexed account 'at your ensuing District Meeting'.

[John Pascoe of Veryan, Cornish poet.] Two autograph volumes of transcriptions of original poems, made on the eve of his death for Mrs Ball of the City Hotel, Truro, with extensive biographical notes for her, and a letter of presentation.

Author: 
John Pascoe (1820-1889) of Veryan (and latterly Castle Rise, Claremont, Truro), Cornish poet and Wesleyan minister
Publication details: 
The poems in both volumes transcribed in 1889, those in the first volume having been composed between 1844 and 1884, and in the second between 1881 and 1889. Letter from Castle Rise, Claremont, Truro [Cornwall], 26 August 1889.
£1,600.00

The two volumes contain transcriptions of a total of 65 original autograph poems, most of them unpublished, with extensive explanatory and biographical notes (sometimes running to several pages) composed especially for the recipient of the volumes, Mrs Ball of the City Hotel, Truro. In two uniform 4to notebooks with waxed black cloth bindings. The first volume is in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, in worn binding with loss of spine. The second volume has damp affecting the first 60pp., causing slight loss to text, and damage to the binding. ONE: On front free endpaper: 'Vol I.

[Printed pamphlet.] All are Living: A Discourse in proof of the Doctrine, That the Soul while separated from the Body is consciously alive. Preached at Liverpool-Road Chapel, Islington, [...] On [...] the Death of Anne, Wife of the Rev. Dr. Beecham.

Author: 
William Arthur, A.M., Author of "A Mission to the Mysore," "The Successful Merchant," &c. [John Beecham (1787-1856), Wesleyan Methodist minister]
Publication details: 
Second edition. London: Published by Hamilton, Adams, and Co., and John Mason. 1853. [Printed by William Nichols, 32 London-Wall.]
£60.00

24pp., 12mo. Without wraps and disbound. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with first and last page rather dusty. The word 'Methodist' written in pencil at head of title-page. Full title reads: 'All are Living: A Discourse in proof of the Doctrine, That the Soul while separated from the Body is consciously alive. Preached at Liverpool-Road Chapel, Islington, on Sunday, February 20th, 1853, On occasion of the Death of Anne, Wife of the Rev. Dr.

Burslem Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School. August 30th, 1835. Afternoon Service.

Author: 
Mary Brougham, Printer, Burslem, Staffordshire [Burslem Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School; Georgian provincial printing]
Publication details: 
1835. 'MARY BROUGHAM, PRINTER.' [Burslem, Staffordshire.]
£28.00

16mo, 4 pp. Disbound bifolium. Text clear and complete, but in poor condition. Vignette after last item. Gives text of 'Opening Hymn. Daventry. L. M.', 'Alter Prayer. Salem. S.M.', 'After Sermon. Children's Hymn.', 'After Collection. Duetto. - Fawcett.' and 'After Benediction.' Aged, worn and creased, with loss to margins. BBTI has Brougham operating in Burslem between 1828 and 1851 as 'Printer, Bookseller, Bookbinder, Music seller, Librarian/owner of circulating library, Stationer.'

Three Autograph Letters Signed by Ramsden to Cuming Walters, with two printed documents, relating to an address given by Cuming Walters to the Heywood Fellowship on 'Brotherhood Sunday'.

Author: 
T. Ramsden, Hon. Sec., Heywood Brotherhood ('held in Market Street Wesleyan Church') [J. Cuming Walters, Editor, Manchester City News; Heywood, Lancashire]
Publication details: 
[Heywood, Lancashire.] November 1930.
£150.00

It is a singular circumstance that no information whatsoever is available on the Heywood Brotherhood (whose President was the Reverend F. Gordon Mee) on the internet. The five items clear and complete on lightly-aged paper. All leaves of the three letters on the Brotherhood's letterhead (featuring the names and addresses of five of its officials). Letter One (2 pp, one 8vo and one 12mo, with small ink stain at head of first leaf): 18 November 1930. Ramsden asks to 'have the subject of the address you propose to give at our "Brotherhood Sunday" on Sunday, Nov. 30/30'.

Handbill of 'Rules for conducting the six-pence <...> Society, In Aid of the Funds for defraying the <Expence> of carrying on the Worship of God, In York-street Chapel, Manchester.'

Author: 
York Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Todmorton, Manchester
Publication details: 
To commence from the first of January, 1820. [...] W. Cowdroy, printer, Manchester.'
£45.00

On one side of a piece of paper roughly 22 x 14 cms. Good, apart from some repaired damage at head from scorching, resulting in loss to two lines of text. Title followed by the eight rules of the Society over twenty-one lines of text. At foot names of the sixteen members of the Committee (eight ladies and eight gentlemen), together with those of the treasurer and secretary. According to BBTI William Cowdroy Jr was a printer, publisher and newspaper proprietor between 1795 and 1824.

Two Autograph Letters Signed to Charles B. Walker of Thirsk.

Author: 
Reverend Doctor T. Newton, Wesleyan Minister, on the administration of the poor law
Publication details: 
Both from Coxwold, the first 3 May 1824 and the second 10 March 1825.
£50.00

A newspaper cutting attached to the white paper folder in which these items are placed carries a short obituary of Newton, who died 30 April [1854]. The first letter is 1 page, 4to, addressed on reverse, and the second 1 page, 12mo, with address on reverse of second leaf of bifolium. Both grubby but in good condition. Letter 1: 'I am sorry the very stormy morning will not allow me to join my Brother Magistrates in answering the enclosed Queries.

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