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Item 174 - John Wesley Catalog 574 (Jan 2020)

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Anglican cleric and theologian (1703-1791) who founded Methodism and was said to have preached 40,000 sermons in his lifetime. Rare ALS signed “J. Wesley,” one page, 5.5 x 7.5, May 10, 1789. Written from Cork, a letter to "My Dear Brother," in full: "Session! Elders! We Methodists have no such Custom; neither any of the Churches of God that are under my Care. I require you Jonathan Crowther, immediately to dissolve that session, (so called) at Glasgow. Discharge them from meeting any more. And if they will leave yr Society, let them leave it. We acknowledge only Preachers, Stewards, and Leaders among us, over whom the Assistants in each Circuit presides. You ought to have kept to the Methodist plan from the beginning. Who had any authority to vary from it? If the people of Glasgow or any other place are weary of us, we will leave them to themselves. But we are willing to be still their servants for Christ's sake, according to our Discipline, but no other." In very good to fine condition, with light staining and foxing, and a few small professional repairs. An amazing, powerful letter from the important religious reformer.

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