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Copyright, 1900 By Small, Maynard & Company

(Incorporated)

Entered at Stationers' Hall

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY

Press of

George H. Ellis, Boston

The photogravure used as a frontispiece to this volume is from a print engraved by J. Fittler after a miniature painted by J. Barry.

PREFACE.

No new facts about John Wesley are likely to be brought to light. He left abundant materials for his biographers in his journals, and his volumes of sermons are sufficiently exhaustive and clear as to the substance of his religious opinions. One of Wesley's great merits was his lucidity in thought, speech, and style, so that he is not a man whose obscurity in expression might generate mistakes about him. Moreover, he admitted the world into the secrets of the inner motions of his soul and mind as far as he was able. In a word, there is no new thing, in the literal sense, to be learned about Wesley. My endeavour, therefore, has been confined to giving the story of his life as clearly and interestingly as my limits of space would permit. With this purpose in front of me, I selected my matter; and, as far as possible, in the more important crises of his life I have allowed Wesley to be his own biographer.

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