John and Charles Wesley Visit America
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1736  - 1737
John and Charles Wesley set sail to Savannah, Georgia on October 14, 1735 and arrived in February 1736. The founder of the Georgia colony, James Oglethorpe, desired for John to be the priest of a new Savannah parish, one which would attract and convert Native Americans. He ended up mostly catering to European settlers.

For the most part, the excursion proved to be a disaster. Charles got sick and returned to England in July 1736. John had difficulty adapting to the area and became involved in disputes with female colonists. John eventually left Georgia in December 1737.

Nonetheless, the trip to America produced the first Anglican Church in Savannah and the first Anglican hymn-book in America (Collection of Psalms and Hymns, 1737), written by John Wesley. It also impacted the early stages of Methodism with the establishment of the first "Methodist" religious society meeting at Frederica in 1736.
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Wesley, Charles
Wesley, John

John Wesley statue, Savannah GA- Flickr- photo by J. Stephen Conn (CC BY-NC 2.0)

John Wesley preaching- Internet Archive- from The Life of John Wesley by C. T. Winchester

Charles Wesley portrait- Internet Archive- from The Life of The Rev. Charles Wesley, vol 1 by Thomas Jackson

Savannah, Georgia, in 1934- Library of Congress, LC-DIG-pga-01273

John Wesley commemoration tablet- Internet Archive- from Wesley's Only American Home, The Wesley Bi-Centenary Celebration in Savannah, GA
Book/Journal Source(s)
Matthews, Rex, 2007. Timetables of History for Students of Methodism. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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