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It is not necessary to add much on the general tendency of Methodisin. This appears evident to every impartial observer. Methodism has had some influence in meliorating the spirit of controversy: it has diffused knowledge, and promoted industry and good order among the lower classes of the people: it has enlightened the most ignorant, and reformed the most wicked. These effects, through the blessing of God on the labours of the Preachers, have been so conspicuous in many parts of the kingdom, that the bitterest enemies of Methodism, have been forced to acknowledge them. In judging of the tendency of Methodism, we are not to look at the conduct of a few mistaken individuals, but at its general influence on the great body of the people. Thousands and tens of thousands of these, have been ornaments of their Christian profession ; and have died rejoicing in God their Saviour: many tens of thousands are now running the Christian race set before them, endeavouring to be followers of the humble, holy Jesus. The Methodists are not Angels, but they are in general what they profess to be, pious Christians, striving to escape the pollutions that are in the world, and to save their own souls. - May Methodism be preserved in its original integrity : may any thing proved to be wrong in the general systemi, be corrected ; and what is praise-worthy be established and improved : and may its beneficial influence on the people, extend wider and wider, till, The whole earth be filled with His Glory, who is the Author of all our mercies. Amen.



Character of the Rev. Mr. John Wesley, Extracted from

Dr. Haweis's Church History.


RE I quit this subject, it my be worth a moment's attention, to sketch a portrait of the two great characters


* He includes Mr. Wbitefield.

who eminently contributed to this revival of religion among us. As both favoured me with their cordial regard, I have ever desired to give honour to whom honour is due, and hope never to be ashamed of the friendship of John WESLEY.

John WESLEY was of the inferior size, his visage marked with intelligence; singularly neat and plain in his dress; a little cast in his eye, observable on particular occasions ; upright, graceful, and remarkably active. His understanding, naturally excellent and acute, was highly stored with the attainments of literature: and he possessed a fund of anecdote and history, that rendered his company as entertaining as instructive. His mode of address in public was chaste and solemn, and there was a divine simplicity, a zeal, a venerableness, in his manner, which commanded attention, and never forsook him in his latest years; when at fourscore he retained still all the freshness of vigorous old age. His health was remarkably preserved amidst a scene of labour and perpetual exertions of mind and body, to which few would have been equal. Never man possessed greater personal influence over the people connected with him. Nor was it an easy task to direct so vast a machine, where amidst so many hundred wheels in motion, some moved eccentrically, and hardly yielded to the impulse of the main spring. I need not speak of the exemplariness of his life, too many eyes were upon him to admit of his halting; nor could his weight have been maintained a moment longer, than the fullest conviction impressed his people, that he was an eminently favoured saint of God, and as distinguished for his holy walk, as for his vast abilities, indefatigable labour, and singular usefulness.

His enemies reviled him, and would if possible rob him of the meed of well-deserved honour, by imputing to him objects below the prize he had in view. Never was a more disinterested character; but he was a man, and he must have been more than man, if with the consciousness of his own devotedness, the divine blessing on his labours, and the high admiration, in which he was held by his followers, he had not sometimes thought of himself more highly than he ought to think. We exbibit no faultless monsters. Elias was a man of like passions as ourselves.

Mr. Wesley is gone to give an account of himself to his proper Judge, by whom I doubt not all his iniquity is

pardoned, and his infirmities covered. And now that envy | and enmity have been some time laid asleep in his grave, I rejoice in observing bis character rise in general estimation, VOL. II,

aud and most highly respected by those who knew him best. It will now hardly be a question with any man, whether he would not rather have been John Wesley, who died not worth ten pounds, than Lavington, Bishop of Exeter, who so bitterly reviled him. *


* I cannot suppress an anecdote respecting this inveterate enemy of Methodists and Moravians. The author of this Character had been educated under the tuition of that venerable servant of Christ, Samael Walker, minister of Truro. After studying at Oxford, intending to enter into holy orders, he applied to this bishop, with a testimonial from the country, signed by this apostolic labourer, Mr. Mitchel, rector of Verrian, and Mr Penrose, picar of Gluvias, men in the nearest intie macy with Mr. Walker, and clergymen of the first respectability in the diocese; but the bishop refused to countersign the testimonial, as “ of men worthy of credit," and assigned as his reason, that this eminent saint of God “ PREACHED FAITH WITAOUT WORKS !” It has been long since decided whose works have been found approved before the great Judge of quick and dead.





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THE years inserted before the names denote the period when those Preachers commenced Itinerants. Those marked thus | before the Christian name, were Clergymen of the Etablished Church before they united with the Methodists; and those marked thus § at the same place, were made Clergya men after their union with them. Those marked thus * died in the work. Those marked thus t departed from it; fome from the want of health, and some it is to be feared through a defect of zeal; but it would be impossible in all cases to tells the real cause : Let it be observed, that this mark does not imply moral guilt. Those marked thus I were expelled. Those without a mark are now labouring with their brethren as Itinerants, or as Invalids, nearly worn out in the Lord's service. The date at the end of the names, mew' the years when those Preachers died, when they defifted from travel ling, or were expelled.

I have mentioned some very useful Local Preachers, because we are com. manded to“ give honour to whom honour is due," and they as a body have been, and are very numerous, and very useful in spreading the cause of Methodism.

N. B. A few Laymen affifted Mr. Wesley as Local Preachers before Itie nerancy was established.

WILLIAM MYLES, The First Race of Methodist Preachers, from the

Year 1739 to 1765. 1739. In this year the Methodist Itinerancy began.

Il John WESLEY, Father of the Work, having formed the first Society as Oxford in November 1729. He died 1791.

|| CHARLOS WESLEY, the first to whom the appellation of Methodiq was given at Oxford, in 1729, during his brother's absence in Lincolnshire, He died 1788.



I Grong: WHITEFILLD. The first of the Methodists that preached in the open air. He began that practice in Bristol, Sunday, March 25, 1739. He reparated from Mr. Wesley, but continued an Itinerant Preacher while he lived, and was at the lead of the Calvinift Methodists. He died in America, 1770. А

1760 Thos. Carlill * 1801 1751 P. Guier(e) 78 1756 W. Allwood † 1764 61 Ben. Colly 1767 56 R. Gillespyt 64

63 John Atlay | 88 61 J. Cockcroft (W) 90 56 s Tho. Greavest 66 65 Wm. Alman 62 Rt. Costerdine

57 Js. Glazebrook † 74 B

63 (s. Clought 74 60 John Gibbst 1742 Wm. Biggs t 1751 64 Js. Cotty t 80 61 Joseph Guilford 1 43 J. Brown *(a) 59 64 $ Mosely Cheekt 69 62 Parson Greenwood 43 J. Bennett + 51 64 Rd. Coates

H 43 Thos. Beard" (b) 44


1740 J. Hall (0)* 98 45 Cornelius Bai1742 Wm. Darney * 1779

40 Joseph Hum. table.

43 J. Downs


phreyst 45 || Rd. Thomas

44 Ed. Dun itan

53 41 ). Haughton † bo Bateman t 51 53 Mark Davist 69 42 Ts. Hardwick + 49 47 Ben. Beanland † 52 56 Js. Deaves +

68 43 Wm. Holmes • 4 51 Thos. Briscoe 95 64 John Dillon

73 44 | John Hodges + 50 54 Ben. Biggs + 62 65 Js. Demster + 75

45 J. Kaime

84 55 J. Brandon t


45 Sam. Hitchens* 47 59 Dan. Rumsteadt 75 1747 J. Edwards † 1754 45 T. Hitchens 59 Wm Bryant + 63 62 Tohn Easton

45 Wm. Hitchens* { 59 Rd. Blackwall* 67 62 John Ellis 72 45 Ebenezer Hit60 Isaac Brown 65 William Ellis † 73

chens (3) 62 W. Brammah* 80


47 C. Hopper រង 63 Rd. Boardman* 83 1748 John Fisher + 62

47 Howel Harris 1750 04 Js. Brownfieldt 70 48 W. Fugill 1 68

52 J. Hampson † 85 с

50 Mich. Fenwick • 97 52 Wm. Harris † 69 1740 J. Cennick +

55 J. Fenwick *


53 John Haugh41 Alex Coates

57 || J. Fletcher

ton, jun. †

56 42 W. Crouch + 52 58 John Furze * 1800

54 Richard Hen 46 Jos. Cownley 93

6. W.Freemantle+1766 derfont (h) 71 48 Jonath Catlow + 64


54 J. Hacking 48 Ts. Colbeck* (6) 70 1742 || Charles Car

54 Thos. Hanby 97 52 W. Crabbt

per Greavest


58 J. Hofmert 55 § Lawrence

44 Nich. Gilbert*


60 Thomas Hanson Coughlan

45 || W. Grimshaw 63 61 John Hellop † 63 56 J. Catermole +

46 P. Greenwood* 67 61 Geo. Hudfont 80 56 Wm. Coward + 59 48 P. Gibbs +

64 John Helton †





(a) A Local Preacher in Newcastle.
(6) He died in consequence of ill treatment received from mobs.

(c) A Local Preacher in Keighly Circuit.

(d) A Local Preacher in Rochdale. re) A Local Preacher in the county of Limerick. He came with his parenti from the Palatinate in Germany, in the year 1707 ; being perfecuted for being a Proteftant.

(f) A Local Preacher in Bristol.

(8) A Local Preacher in Cornwall. (b) He was father to the learned John Henderson. This extraordinary me was born in the county of Limerick in the year 1757. He began his ftudies at Kingswood School, and afterwards entered the University of Oxford, where he died in November 1788. There is a remarkable account of him in his funeral sermon

preached and published by the Rev. Mr. Agutter : also in the Arminian Magazine, for March 1793. He was kept seventeen days previous to interment: Two reasons

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