“But is there need of visiting them in person?
May we not relieve them at a distance?
Does it not answer the same purpose if we send them help as if we carry it ourselves?’
… But this is not properly ‘visiting the sick’; it is another thing. The word which we render ‘visit’ in its literal acceptation means to ‘look upon’. And this, you well know, cannot be done unless you are present with them.
Wesley, J. (2013). “On Visiting the Sick,” in The sermons of John Wesley: A collection for the Christian journey. K.J. Collins & J.E. Vickers (Eds.). Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, Kindle Edition. (The above was cited by Barb R. in LEAD 600. Good sleuthing Barb.)