Wesley and His Preachers, Their Conquest of Britain

Wesley and His Preachers, Their Conquest of Britain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...such a case they were obliged, as they thought, to charge the preachers with such an offence as would convince the vulgar that the opposition was reasonable, and was in the interest of the public safety. Hence it was seriously reported that Wesley's main object was to advance the cause of the Pretender! What did it all mean when a company of men on horseback representing those in authority, and even the Justices sitting at Helstone, were in readiness to arrest the chief offender? Wesley boldly confronted them; and then, after some talk, one of the gentlemen rode some distance, and ventured to offer an explanation: 'Sir, I will tell you the ground of this. All the gentlemen of these parts say that you have been a long time in France and Spain, and are now sent hither by the Pretender; and that these Societies are to join him!' What could a loyal evangelist say to such a charge as that? A false charge never disturbed Wesley; and on this occasion he retired into a friend's house to find that ' the sleep of a labouring man is sweet.' His reply to the friend who had volunteered the information, however, was characteristic: 'Nay, surely, "all the gentlemen in these parts" will not be against their own consciences.' The fifth decade of the eighteenth century was a terrible time for excessive drinking. This example of a genteel victim in London belongs to the year 1747: --'I called upon poor Mr. C, who once largely tasted of the good word and the powers of the world to come. I found him very loving, and very drunk; as he commonly is, day and night. But I could fix nothing upon him. "He may fall foully, but not finally."' Liberal as they were with their representations of what were the alleged follies of Methodism, the educated...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657706X
  • 9781236577061