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In Their Own Words

May 22, 1737

Wesleys Encountered Rough Seas

John Wesley and his brother Charles endured some rough weather in the course of their ministry:

“Sat. May 22. About four in the afternoon we enter’d upon Doboy Sound. The Wind, which was right a Head, was so high, when we were in the middle of it, and the Sea so rough, being driven in at the inlet, that the Boat was on the Point of sinking every Moment. But it pleased God to bring us safe to the other Side in half an Hour, and to Frederica the next morning. We had Publick Prayers at Nine, at which nineteen Persons were present; and (I think) nine Communicants.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (The Beehive Press, Savannah, 1974), p. 200-201.