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John Wesley’s New Year

How John Wesley Spent the New Year in 1785.

John Wesley (1703 –1791) preaching outdoors

John Wesley (1703 –1791) preaching outdoors

From the Journal of John Wesley:

Saturday January 1, 1785. — Whether this be the last or no, may it be the best year of my life!

Sunday, January 2, 1785. A larger number of people were present this evening at the renewal of our covenant with God, than was ever seen before on the occasion.

Tuesday, January 4, 1785. — At this season we usually distribute coals and bread among the poor of the society. But I now considered, they wanted clothes, as well as food. So on this, and the four following days, I walked through the town, and begged two hundred pounds, in order to clothe them that needed it most. But it was hard work, as most of the streets were filled with melting snow, which often lay ankle deep; so that my feet were steeped in snow-water nearly from morning till evening: I holden it out pretty well till Saturday evening; but I was laid up with a violent flux, which increased every hour, till, at six in the morning, Dr. Whitehead called upon me. His first draught made me quite easy; and three or four more perfected the cure.

John Wesley was 82 years old at this time.

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  1. Harriett says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have wondered how (and if) Wesley observed Good Friday. My scattered perusal of the diaries didn’t answer the question. Anyone here have insight on this? Thanks. Harriett

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