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In Their Own Words

November 13, 1737

Church Not Well Attended

William Stephens attended John Wesley’s service on this day, but not many others did. Wesley had been involved in a controversy, which would soon cause him to have to leave Georgia:

“…The Congregation was very thin again, which I was sorry to see ; but I found that the Magistrates, and many of the principal Inhabitants of late, had wholly absented themselves from Church ; nevertheless, I thought it my Duty not to abstain from the publick Worship, whatever Failings the Minister might have, which in Time would be more fully known, whether more or less grievous, but at present represented in a bad Light by too many.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 24.