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JOHN WESLEY IN OSMOTHERLEY: THE PREACHER'S VISITS AND AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OSMOTHERLEY METHODIST SOCIETY'S BOOK COMMENCING 1750
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John Wesley had a close relationship with the people of Osmotherley. His initial contact with the place came through the most unlikely of invitations. Peter Adams, a Franciscan, must have surprised Mr Wesley when he knocked on his door and implored him to come and preach to the villagers. His first visit not only resulted in many more but he also formed a life-long friendship with Mr Adams (later known as Watson). Osmotherley became part of Mr Wesley's regular tours of the North East of England.
This eBook seeks to engage with his relationship with the village and Mr Adams. These relationships grew after his first visit, as recorded by Mr Wesley himself in his 'Journals'. So this book gives a brief account of Mr Wesley's early life which led to this encounter and then focuses on his activities in and around the locality of Osmotherley, a small village in North Yorkshire, England.
The most fascinating and previously unpublished information pertains to the 'Osmotherley Methodist Society's Book commencing 1750' which has recently been brought to light again. It is a little-known gem which contains written evidence of Mr Wesley's visits, including some unique entries which are primary evidence for our understanding of John Wesley's life. It also refers to many other renowned Preachers of the 18th Century, including George Whitefield, who visited in 1753. Those having a knowledge of the story of Methodism in Britain will be aware of the significance of all of this. As an added bonus the 'Society's Book' also has many other entries which are at times quaint and at others puzzling. The whole sheds further light on what life was like for those in the earliest Methodist Societies during the 18th and early 19th century. The facsimile within this book which is offered here allows this document to be seen in all its detail.
The author is an ordained minister in the Methodist Church and spent 5 years before August 2013 as minister to the Osmotherley congregation. He preached many times there, always aware of how many times Mr Wesley himself had preached in that same building. He would like to spend more time examining the detail of the 'Society's Book' but hopes that this public airing might allow scholars and other interested parties the opportunity of doing their own research so that a wider audience might understand its significance and share that with the world. As John Wesley himself would have said: 'The world is my parish'.
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