"Everywhere fail not to declare to them, the whole Counsel of God"

    John Wesley Autograph Letter Signed "J Wesley". One page, 6" x 7.5", November 1, 1775, n.p. A noted Christian theologian, Wesley is credited with founding the Methodist movement. Among the reasons for Wesley's success was that he organized societies throughout England and then sent unordained ministers to teach and care for those societies. In this letter, which nicely exemplifies Wesley's organizational abilities, the theologian writes to an unnamed recipient giving detailed instructions on what should be done so that "there will be no inconsiderable increase in the Societies this year". In full: "[?] at Discipline exceeding well for a young, raw Beginner. But he could not have so much weight as an experienced Preacher; you will therefore supply what was wanting in Him. And C. Linnell will more than supply the place of honest [?] David Evans: So that I expect there will be no inconsiderable increase in the Societies this year: Particularly at Whitehaven & Carlisle. Everywhere fail not to declare to them, the whole Counsel of God, & that in the plainest manner you can devise. But above all, visit from house to house!" The letter, which has two tears along the left edge, is affixed to a reinforcing paper-backing of the same size. Toned with minor soiling; near fine. Two engravings of Wesley are included; both contain foxing.

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