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Whitefield in Ill Health-The half insane Watchmaker-Blandford
Park—Oratorios-Wesley on his northern Journey-Unpublished
Attacks on Methodism – Wesley's last letter to Hervey –
Methodism at High Wycombe--A Long Tour-Alexander Knox, Esq.
Opinions and essential Doctrines — Conference of 1765 -
on Wesley-Methodism in Bath, Cheltenham, Burton on Trent,
Nottingham, and Sheffield-Christian Perfection-Unpublished
Letters by Fletcher and Wesley-Methodism at Warrington-
Trust Deed of Pitt Street Chapel, Liverpool-Chapel Architects-
Wesley in Scotland-An Adventure-A mad Woman in Weardale
-Letter to the Dean of Ripon—A vindictive Parson--An odd
Mistake-Methodism at Pateley Bridge, Bradford, Halifax, and
Haworth — Coolness between Wesley and his Brother — Are
Methodists Dissenters ?— Methodist public Worship-Wesley's
autocratic Power-An unflattering Picture of the Methodists-
Pastoral Visitation—The Way to make Useless Preachers Useful-
Conference of 1766-A Mob Defeated— Methodism at Helstone-
Methodist Soldiers at Northampton-Miss Lewen-Attacks on
Methodism–“ Plain Account of Christian Perfection”
THE LIFE AND TIMES
THE REV. JOHN WESLEY, M.A.
1748. ESLEY writes: "January 1, 1748. –We began the 1748 year at four in the morning, with joy and thanks
Age 45 giving. The same spirit was in the midst of us, both at noon and in the evening."
On January 25, he set out for Bristol, and at LongbridgeDeverill, three miles from Warminster, by being thrown from his horse, had a narrow escape from an untimely death. These dangers and escapes were numerous and remarkable. Near Shepton-Mallet, while descending a steep bank, he had another accident of a similar kind to the former, his horse and himself tumbling one over the other, and imperilling the lives of both. And, a few weeks later, when in Ireland, his horse became restive and "fell head over heels.” With almost literal exactness might Wesley have made the apostle's language his own : "In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness; besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon us daily, the care of all the churches."
The chapel at Bristol, though built only nine years ago, was in great danger of falling upon the people's heads; and, moreover, it was now too small to accommodate the congregation attending. Accordingly, Wesley took instant steps to repair VOL. II.
and to enlarge the building, and obtained a subscription of Age 45 £230, towards defraying the expense.
While here, he also made a visit to Shepton-Mallet, where a hired and drunken mob pelted him and his companion, Robert Swindells, with “ dirt, stones, and clods in abundance"; broke the windows of the house in which they were staying, took it by storm, and threatened to make it a heap of burning ruins.
Still, the Methodist revival spread. Writing to his friend Blackwell, under the date of February 2, Wesley says “Both in Ireland, and in many parts of England, the work of our Lord increases daily. At Leeds only, the society, from a hundred and eighty, is increased to above five hundred persons."
Charles Wesley and Charles Perronet had been in Ireland for the last six months, and, on the Moravians being ejected from the chapel in Skinner's Alley, had become the tenants of that building. They had made an excursion to Tyrrell's Pass, and, from among proverbial swearers, drunkards, thieves, and sabbath breakers, had formed a society of nearly one hundred persons. At Athlone, a gang of ruffians knocked Jonathan Healey off his horse, beat him with a club, and were about to murder him with a knife, when a poor woman, from her hut, came to his assistance, and, for her interference, was half killed with a blow from a heavy whip. The hedges were all lined with papists; the dragoons came out, the mob fled, Healey was rescued, and was taken into the woman's cabin, where Charles Wesley found him in his blood, and attended to his wounds. A congregation of above two thousand assembled in the market; Charles Wesley preached to them from the window of a ruined house ; and then the knot of brave-hearted Methodists marched to the field of battle, stained with Healey's blood, and sang a song of triumph and of praise to God.
Having completed his business at Bristol, Wesley, on the 15th of February, started for Ireland, but the weather was such, that three weeks elapsed before he was able to set sail from Holyhead. Winds were boisterous, and snow lay thick upon the ground; but, on the way, besides preaching in
1 Wesley's Works, vol. xii., p. 158.