Page images
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

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.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

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.

[ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

CHAPTER XX.

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

XXI.

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 hymris 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.

Mr. Charles Wesley publishes his “ Short Hymns on Select Passages of

Scripture"-Specimens of that work—Matthew Henry-Dr. Gell-
Bengelius Spiritual darkness—Christian perfectionIrregularities in
the London society, caused by George Bell and others Mr. John
Wesley's views of Christian perfection-He disapproves of his bro-
ther's altered opinions-Letter from Mr. Perronet, intimating that
Charles was too severe in his censures--Death of Mrs. Perronet-
Death of Mr. Grimshaw-His character-Death of Lady Selina
Huntingdon-Letters from Mr. Perronet on the mischief done by
Maxfield in London-Letter from Mr. Whitefield, in America—Mr.
John Wesley's letters to his brother, urging him to diligence-
Charles's labours and usefulness in London-He publishes his
“Hymns for Children "_His “Hymns on the Trinity”_Specimen
Unjust censure upon Mr. John Wesley, by the Rev. William Jones,
of Nayland_Charles Wesley's “Hymns for the Use of Families " -
Specimen_Death of his son John James Consolatory letter addressed
to his wife-Anxieties respecting Samuel ..................... Pages 199_242

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-
wishes his “ Narrative," and then retires from the controversy which he

« PreviousContinue »