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Rev. MR. JOHN WESLEY's
JOUR N A L,
HIS EMBARKING FOR GEORGIA,
HIS RETURN TO LONDON.
What shall we fay then ? --- That Ifrael which followed after
the Law of Righteoufnefs, hath not attained to the Law of
ROMANS 1X. 30, 31.
No. I. and II.
PRINTED POR G, WHITFIELD, CITY-ROAD ;
AND COUNTRY. 1797
T was in pursuance of an advice given by Bishop
Taylor, in his Rules for Holy Living and Dying, that about fifteen years ago, I began to make a more exact account than I had done before, of the manner wherein I spent my time, writing down how I had employed every hour. This I continued to do, where. ever I was, 'till the time of my leaving England. The variety of scenes which I then past thro', induced me to transcribe from time to time, the more material parts of my diary, adding here and there such little reflections as occurred to my mind. Or this Journal thus occasionally compiled, the following is a fhort Ex. tract: It not being my design to relate all those particulars, which I wrote for my own use only ; and which would answer no valuable end to others, however important they were to me.
2. Indeed I had no design or desire to trouble the world with any of my little affairs: As can't but appear to every impartial mind, from my having been lo long as one that heareth not, notwithstanding the loud and frequent calls I have had, to answer for myself. Neither should I have done it now, had not Captain Williams's affidavit, published as soon as he had left England, laid an obligation upon me, to do what in me lies, in obedience to that command of God, 65 Let not the good which is in you be evil-spoken'of.” With this view I do at length give an anfwer to every man that afreth me a reason of the hope which is in me, that in all these things as I have a conscience void of offence, towards. God and towards man.”
3. I have prefix'd hereto a Letter wrote several year's ince, containing a plain account, of the rise of that little Society in Oxford, which has been fo variously represented. Part of this was published in 1733 ; but A 2