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In Their Own Words

November 03, 1737

Stephens Heard of Wesley Dispute

William Stephens recorded in his journal of hearing about the dispute that would ultimately cause John Wesley to leave Georgia:

“…I had from different Hands a long Detail of the Cause of Discord between Mr. Causton and the Parson, ever since Mr. Williamson married Miss Hopkins, (Niece to Mr. Causton) which was told me variously, as the Relators inclined ; but it was carried now to that Height, as to engage great part of the Town, which was so divided, that Mr. Causton and Mr. Wesley drew their greatest Attention, and the Partisans on both sides did not stick to throw Plenty of Scandal against their Adversaries.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 12.