On this day in 1753 John Wesley wrote in his diary:
‘After preaching at six [at Newport], I left this humane, loving people, rode to Cowes, and crossed over to Portsmouth.
‘Here I found another kind of people who had disputed themselves out of power, and well nigh the form of religion.
‘However, I laboured (and not altogether in vain) to soften and compose their jarring spirits, both this evening and next day.’
Wesley made 22 visits to Portsmouth between 1753 and 1790 – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.