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The Wesley Historical Society was founded in 1893 for the advancement of interest in the history of all branches of the Methodist Church.

Rev John Wesley
1703 - 1791

Rev John Wesley
'I look upon the whole
world as my parish'

Rev Charles Wesley
1707 - 1788

Rev Charles Wesley
'God buries His workmen,
but carries on His work'

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Those who study Methodist plans will know that not only is their subject varied, but the material they are printed on is too. So we have plans printed on silk, linen, tissue paper and in this instance exceptionally on a postcard. Some significant plans have retrospectively been printed on a postcard, but this was contemporary- the dates of the plan are October 1906 through to January 1907, and the postmark is stamped October 24th 1906.

               It is the plan, or correctly a part of the plan being only the preaching appointments, for the then Ashbourne Wesleyan circuit. Of the then ten societies featured, only two remain in their own building today, Ashbourne itself and Brailsford. No has been able to explain why this was issued so.

               Of interest is the message written on the reverse. It reads :

"Dear Sir, You will see what this view is. It is a very pretty view in certain parts particularly about Xmas, Am well, legs tired. Happy comfortable and hopeful. Kind regards to all. First home from the Sewing meeting tea."

Any suggestions as to why this was issued so, or similar examples would be welcomed, but it would appear that preacher spotting, that is "a very pretty view in certain parts", was known then. 

David Leese











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