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In Their Own Words

December 02, 1737

Wesley Departed in Trouble

In his journal the Trustees’ secretary William Stephens recorded some of the unpleasantness surrounding John Wesley’s departure from Georgia:

“…This being the day of Mr. Wesley’s going off, the magistrates met, and he sent them a very short Letter of two Lines unsealed, acquainting them, that some Matters of Moment required his waiting on the Trustees, and he desired to know if they had any design to stop him: To which they returned a verbal Answer, importing, that since he did not think fit to enter into a Recognizance for his appearing at the Court, to answer what was alleged against him, they could not give up the Authority of the Court. After which they gave publick Notice to all Constables and Tything-men, in case he attempted to go off, to apprehend him… .”

Source: William Stephens, A Journal of the Proceeding in Georgia ([no city cited]: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1966), Vol. I, p. 45.