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In Their Own Words

May 18, 1737

Wesley Unhappy with Some Georgians

The few years John Wesley spent in Georgia were not particularly happy ones for him, as he viewed his ministry in Georgia as a failure. Evidence of this can be found in the following note from his journal in 1737:

“I discovered the first Convert to Deism that (I believe) has been made here. He was one that for some time had been zealously and exemplarily religious. But indulging himself in harmless Company, he first made shipwreck of his Zeal, and then of his Faith. I have since found several others that have been attack’d. They have as yet maintain’d their Ground. But I doubt the Devil’s Apostles are too Industrious to let them long halt between two Opinions.”

Source: Ed Cashin (ed.), Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (The Beehive Press, Savannah, 1974), p. 220.