12:39pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Letters
TODAY, the villagers of Devauden marked the occasion in 1739 when John Wesley preached there, for the first time in Wales, by unveiling his statue.
On the night of September 1, 1749, Wesley stayed in Risca with my many-times-grandmother, Alice Johnson, and her son, William, who kept The Darren public house. The next morning William rode with Wesley to the top of Machen mountain, and showed him the way to Cardiff, where he was due that afternoon.
Wesley, in his famous journals, noted the kindliness and friendliness of the young man.
Whether these qualities are still in the family today, is not for me to say.
Ross Williams Dorchester Way Hereford
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