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An Account of Mr . Wright ' * Missionary Tour in the Northwest , extracted from his Journal . To the Secretary of the Unitarian Fund .
Wisbedck , Dec . 3 , 1812 . Dear Sir , Having finished ray mission in * he North-west , I send you the following account of it . This journey employed me 82 days , in which I travelled about 1000 miles
and preached 74 times . I will first give a brief account of the places where I preached , and then make some general remarks , and
notice particular matters to which I am anxious to engage attention . In passing ' through the country ¦ to the intended scene of my mission , I preached at the following places ,
viz . at l Peterborough , to a small , attentive audience .
2 , Leicester . Here I had a very good congregation , for a week , day evening . I was requested to * pend a Sunday in Leicester , when I go that way again .
3 , Melbourne , in Derbyshire , in a large room , pretty well filled with serious hearers . 4 , Hinckley . I preached here three times ; the largest congregation was estimated at 500 persons .
5 , Birmingham . Having but one evening I could spare for preaching in this town , at the request of Mr , Little * s congregation , it was agreed I should preach in Mr . Little $ place . We had a very good- congregation *
Staffordshire , I was twice in this county im the course of my journey , and preached at the following places .
. 1 , Wolverampton . Here we had a larger congregation than had been expected , as a number of persons of other religious denominations attended . Our friend *
in this town want a minister , 2 , Coseley . The congregation here is pretty large . We had some friends from Dudley . Though I called at Dudley , and spent a fevr hours with my worthy friend Mr . Bransby , I could not be there in an evening .
3 . Dalliston . I preached in a Calvinistic meeting-house , which . is at present unoccupied . About 150 persons attended , among whom were several Methodist preachers . This was the first time
Unitarianism had been heard from a pulpit in this place . There are a fevr persons favourable to it , and it would be well if an occasional lee . ture could be established in Dal . liston , by the neighbouring Unitarian ministers .
As I was going down , I could hear of no opening for my preaching at Newcastle-under-Line , or in its vicinity ; but whilst in Cheshire , I obtained such information as induced me to visit
Staffordshire again , when I preached at , Newcastle ^ in a meetinghouse belonging to the New Connection of Methodists , to about 200 people , among whom was a Methodist preacher and a Catholic
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 55, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/55/