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OF

THE REV. CHARLES WESLEY, M. A.

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THESE abilities are the inspired gift of God, rarely bestowed; and are of power to allay the

perturbations of the mind, and set the affections in right tune; to celebrate in glorious
and lofty hymns the throne and equipage of God's Almightiness, and what He works,
and what He suffers to be wrought, with high providence, in His church.-MILTON.

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LONDON:

PUBLISHED BY JOHN MASON,
AT THE WESLEYAN CONFERENCE OFFICE, 14, CITY-ROAD;

AND SOLD AT 66, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS,

HOXTON-SQUARE.

CONTENTS.

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Mr. Charles Wesley desists from his itinerant ministry_The probable

reason of this determination-Unfavourable effect upon his own mind-
Mr. John Wesley publishes his “ Reasons against Separation from the
Church”-Charles's hymnis on the subject-Serious accident-Illness
of Thomas Walsh_Charles Wesley unjustly accused of unkindness
towards him_Letters from Mr. Walsh–His death_Hymns on the
occasion_Mr. Charles Wesley visits the daughter of his brother
Samuel, at Barnstaple_Letters from thence to Mrs. Wesley_Samuel
Wesley's widow-Charles Wesley publishes “Hymns of Intercession
for all Mankind ”_Specimens of that publication-He publishes his
“Funeral Hymns ”_Hymn on the death of young Westley Hall-
On Mr. Lampe Death of the Rev. James Hervey_His “ Eleven
Letters "_Lines on refusing to write an epitaph on him-Renewed
alarm of invasion_Hymns on the subject_Victory over the French
fleet-Murder committed by Earl Ferrers upon his steward_Letter
from his brother, the Rev. Walter Shirley-Charles Wesley's kind-
ness to him and his sister_The trial of the Earl_His obduracy, and
execution—Three of the Methodist Preachers begin to administer the
sacraments at Norwich-Mr. Charles Wesley's distress on the occasion
-His letters to Nicholas Gilbert, John Johnson, John Nelson, Chris-
topher Hopper, and Mr. Grimshaw, upon the occasion-Mr. Grim-
shaw's answer_Extreme views taken by him and Charles Wesley-
The licensing of the Preachers and chapels-Desire of the Methodists
to have the Lord's supper among themselves, and divine service in
Church-hours-Charles Wesley's desire to get the Preachers episco-
pally ordained_Letter to him by Joseph Cownley on the subject

Moderation of Mr. John Wesley-Letter from Mr. Perronet to Mr.

Charles Wesley, when ill at Bath ............................... Pages 135--198
CHAPTER XXII.

Letter from Mr. Whitefield, in America-Death and character of that

eminent man—Charles Wesley's “Hymns of Preparation for Death”
-Mr. John Wesley cautions his Preachers concerning their doctrine
at the Conference of 1770_Publishes various doctrinal propositions in
the Minutes-Lady Huntingdon is offended with them, and dismisses
Mr. Benson, the Classical Tutor in her college-Mr. Fletcher retires
from the presidency of that institution--Mr. John Wesley writes a
letter of admonition to her Ladyship, which she resents—Under her
direction Mr. Shirley publishes a Circular Letter, inviting Churchmen
and Dissenters to assemble in Bristol, at the time of the next Confer-
ence, and demand of Mr. Wesley and his Preachers a recantation of
the Minutes Haughty letter of Lady Huntingdon to Mr. Charles
Wesley, enclosing the Circular-He is justly offended with her pro-
ceedings and spirit Advises his brother immediately to publish
something in opposition to the peculiarities of Calvinism-Churchmen
and Dissenters refuse to obey the summons contained in the Circular-
Lady Huntingdon and Mr. Shirley send letters of submission to Mr.
Wesley-A few of her dependents and personal friends attend the Con-
ference with his permission-Mr. Wesley and the Preachers sign a
“ Declaration,” disavowing the sense which had been erroneously
affixed to the Minutes_Mr. Shirley apologizes for his conduct, and
confesses that he had mistaken their true meaning – This affair misre-
presented by Lady Huntingdon's biographer- Publication of Mr.
Fletcher's “ Letters to Mr. Shirley ” _Thomas Olivers-Mr. Wesley
vindicated in putting his friend's “ Letters ” to the press_Misleading
statements of Lady Huntingdon's biographer corrected_Mr. Fletcher
is encouraged in his authorship by Charles Wesley_Mr. Shirley pub-
lishes his “ Narrative," and then retires from the controversy which he

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