Lot 28
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Wesley, John.

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  • Autograph letter signed, to the Rev. McCreighton

  • ink on paper
encouraging him in his curacy in Ireland and expounding at length on the nature of Methodism, explaining its methods, celebrating the divine providence that has allowed the movement so much success, and enjoining the continuance of the itinerant mission ("...If any are weary of their labouring in our Lord's Vineyard, & seek to settle in the world, it is certain their Love is grown cold..."), 3 pages, 4to, integral address panel, Shepton Mallet, 10 September 1782, seal tear repaired, remains of guard, slight spotting and dust-staining

Catalogue Note

"...The present Phenomenon of Methodism is utterly new; such as never appeard before upon earth. I do not read of any other Reformers for these thousand years, who have spent their whole time & strength, in reforming first the Tempers & then the Laws, of themselves, & those that heard them. All others, who had really the power of God attending their ministrations, spent a part, perhaps the greatest part of their time and strength, in reforming Men's Opinions or Modes of Worship. The Methodists let these stand as they are..." 

An exceptional letter of support by the elderly founder of Methodism to a curate in Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

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