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In Their Own Words

November 06, 1737

John Wesley Problems Recorded

The Trustees’ secretary William Stephens recorded some of the troubles experienced by the young minister (John Wesley) attending colonial Georgia:

“Went to Church in the Forenoon … but I was concerned to see so thin as Audience, which proceeded from a grown Aversion to the Preacher, since this publick Strife sprung up. Several of the Scotch Gentlemen having hinted to me their Desire of a Conference, I sat with three or four of them over a Cup of Tea towards Evening, for an Hour, when they told me, in the name of all the rest, of Mr. Wesley’s informing them lately, that Mr. Causton persuaded him to write to the Trustees and acquaint them, that the Scotch here were a universally turbulent People, who neither regarded Divine or Human Laws, but lived idle, and continually fomented Mischief … upon my asking how long since it was, that Mr. Causton said this to the Parson, I was answered, more than a year: From whence it seem’d to me, that Mr. Wesley, who had kept it smothering in his Breast so long, brought it forth now maliciously at this Juncture, when he and Mr. Causton were fallen out, in order to exasperate the Scotch against him… .”

Source: William Stephens, A Journal of the Proceeding in Georgia ([no city cited: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1966), Vol. I, p. 315.