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In Their Own Words

July 26, 1736

Wesley Endured Rough Seas

John Wesley recorded a harrowing experience he and his brother endured:

“My Brother [Charles] and I set out for Charles-Town, in order to begin his embarking for England. But the Wind being contrary, we did not reach Port-Royal, 40 miles from Savannah, till Wedn. evening. The next morning we left it. But the Wind was so high in the Afternoon, as we were crossing the neck of St. Helena’s Sound, that our oldest sailor cry’d out, ‘Now everyone must take Care for himself.’ I told him, ‘God would take Care of us all.’ Almost as soon as the Words were spoken, the Mast fell. I kept on the Edge of the Boat, to be clear of her when she sunk, (which we expected every Moment) tho’ with little Prospect of swimming to Shore, against such a Wind and Sea. But How is it that thou hadst no Faith? The Moment the Mast fell, two Men caught it and pull’d it into the Boat; the other three rowed with all their Might, and God gave Command to the Winds and Seas, so that in an Hour we were safe on Land.”

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. 209.