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In Their Own Words

June 22, 1736

Wesley Got an Earful

John Wesley got a bit more honesty than he probably expected when inquiring about the cold reception he was receiving in Savannah, as recorded in his diary:

“Tu. 22. Observing much Coldness in Mr. (name omitted)’s Behaviour, I asked him the Reason of it. He answere’d, ‘I like nothing you do; all your Sermons are Satires on particular Persons. Therefore I will never hear you more. And all the People are of my Mind. For we won’t hear ourselves abused. Beside, they say, They are Protestants. But as for You, they can’t tell what Religion you are of. They never heard of such a Religion before. They don’t know what to make of it. And then, your Private Behaviour - All the Quarrels that have been here since you came, have been long of You. Indeed there is neither Man nor Woman in the Town, who minds, a Word you say. And so you may preach long enough; but no body will come to hear you.’ He was too warm for hearing an Answer. So I had nothing to do, but to thank him for his Openness, and walk away.”

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. 203.