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THE REV. CHARLES WESLEY, M. A.

SOMETIME STUDENT OF CHRIST-CHURCH, OXFORD :

COMPRISING

A REVIEW OF HIS POETRY;

SKETCHES OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF METHODISM;

WITH

NOTICES OF CONTEMPORARY EVENTS

AND CHARACTERS.

BY THOMAS JACKSON.

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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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.

SPECIMENS of Mr. Charles Wesley's letters to his wife_His pastoral duties

in London—Intimacy with Mr. and Mrs. Venn-Mr. Venn's religious
history—The evangelical Clergy benefited by the Messrs. Wesley and
Whitefield_Letter from Mr. Whitefield on the erection of the Taber-
nacle in Moorfields Death of the Rev. John Meriton-Hymn on the
occasion_Mr. Charles Wesley visits Cornwall-Letters from thence
to his wife_The hour of secret prayer observed by the Wesleys, father
and sons—Admonitory letter from Mr. John Wesley to his brother-
Dangerous illness of Mr. John Wesley-Charles's visit to him in
London-Affecting interview between them-Deep concern manifested
by the public-Mrs. Charles Wesley seized with the small-pox-
Kindness of Lady Huntingdon-Letters of sympathy from Mr. White-
field—Illness and death of Mr. Charles Wesley's only son—Hymns on
the occasion, and on the recovery of his wife_Mr. John Wesley retires
to the Bristol Hot-well, and writes his Notes on the New Testament
-Retirement of Charles Skelton from the itinerancy

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Calamitous state of Great Britain in the year 1756—Charles Wesley pub-

lishes Hymns for the Fast-day-The Conference held in Bristol-Mr.
Charles Wesley visits the societies in Staffordshire, Yorkshire, and
Lancashire Uneasiness in various places on the subject of the sacra-
ments, and service in Church-hours-Mr. Crook, of Hunslet_Division
in the society at Leeds by Mr. Edwards—Charles Wesley at York-
Mr. Ingham-Mr. Grimshaw_Mr. Whitefield_Titus Knight_John
Whitford-John Byrom-Unsettled state of the society in Manchester
-Letters of Charles Wesley to Mr. Grimshaw, and the society at
Leeds, concerning the Methodists and the Church-Mr. Clayton_Mr.
Charles Wesley returns by Wednesbury to Bristol-Roger Ball and
James Wheatley_Remarks on Methodism and the state of the Church
-Several Methodists in Yorkshire and Lancashire, being denied the
sacraments in their own chapels, become Dissenters.... .Pages 99_134

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 hymns 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

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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