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This Day in Georgia History

December 02, 1737

John Wesley Left Georgia

After having been in Georgia since February 1736, a disillusioned John Wesley sailed from Georgia to Charleston, and subsequently on to England. Although he had hoped to serve as a missionary to Georgia’s Indians, James Oglethorpe had primarily wanted Wesley to minister to the needs of Savannah’s population. However, at the time, Wesley was perceived as too formal in his Anglican practices. Toward the end of his stay, he also became romantically involved with a young woman and proposed marriage. Her refusal and subsequent marriage to another man apparently led Wesley to refuse to offer her communion - an action prompting her new husband to sue him. Facing trial, Wesley departed for England.

To view an image of John Wesley, see the Digital Library of Georgia.