Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JP/2
TitleLetter from Joseph Priestley to Reverend Scholefield
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DescriptionLetter written by Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) to Reverend Mr. Scholefield residing at John Hartley's, Whitehaven, Cumberland, on 13 July 1785. Priestley writes that he is pleased to hear that Reverend Scholefield's health has improved and tells him that he must not return until he is absolutely well enough 'as Mr. Blyth and myself are well able to take care of your place at all events'. He goes on to say that they have a successful new preacher, Mr. Hodson, who is liked by the people of Kingswood chapel by preaching without notes, and says 'He will attend our tuesday meetings and I fear will add one more to the Socinian side of the question, which will give us the casting vote'. He informs Scholefield that on his return he will find a 'spacious and handsome' vestry and relays news of mutual acquaintances. He closes by saying 'Who do you think I had a letter from yesterday? Mr. Badcock!' but refrains from telling him the contents of the letter until he returns to Birmingham. Including typed transcript.
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