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In Their Own Words

January 17, 1736

John Wesley Described Storm

John Wesley also recorded his account of the same storm:

“Many People were very impatient at the contrary Wind. At Seven in the Evening they were quieted by a Storm. It rose higher and higher till … the Sea broke over us from Stem to Stern: burst through the Windows of the State Cabin, where three or four of us were, and cover’d us all over, tho’ a Bureau shelter’d me from the main Shock. About 11, I lay down in the great Cabin, and in a short time fell asleep, tho’ very uncertain whether I should wake alive, and much ashamed of my Unwillingness to die. O how pure in Heart must he be, who wou’d rejoice to appear before God at a Moment’s Warning! Toward Morning, he rebuked the Winds and the Sea, and there was a great Calm.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 189.