Excerpt from Living Thoughts of John Wesley: A Comprehensive Selection of the Living Thoughts of the Founder of Methodism as Contained in His Miscellaneous Works
The works of Rev. John Wesley are a gold-mine of doctrine and instruction; but, like other gold-mines, they contain a few things which are not gold. The two volumes of his sermons are nearly all pure gold. His journals and correspondence are also rich and valuable. His miscellaneous writings, however, require some sifting before their circulation in this country can be much revived. There is so much of the controversial element in them, so much of personal or merely local reference having no present significance, and so much of general discussion and argumenta tion pertaining to the Old World of a century ago that Amer icans do not feel much interested in them. Many trivial matters are also to be found, and several of the important treatises, like the French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew grammars, have become obsolete.
But scattered along among these old documents are many liter ary and doctrinal gems of rarest value, needing only a new' typographical background, better mechanical finish, and more modern arrangement and setting to be. Appreciated at their worth and eagerly sought for by all good people.
To separate these gems from their old surroundings, group them in convenient and attractive form, and to preserve them from loss in the transition has been the undertaking of the pres ent compiler.
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