John Wesley Letters: Finding Aid mssHM 57035-57063

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
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San Marino, California 91108
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Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: John Wesley letters
Creator: Wesley, John, 1703-1791
Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 57035-57063
Physical Description: 1.75 Linear Feet (1 volume)
Date (inclusive): 1748-1818
Abstract: A volume of letters and engravings related to the life and work of John Wesley, English evangelist and founder of Methodism.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. John Wesley letters, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William K. Bixby, 1918.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Wesley (1703-1791) was an English clergyman, theologian, and leader of the movement in the Church of England that became Methodism. Wesley was born in Epworth, England, the fifteenth child of Samuel Wesley and Susanna Annesley. He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford and was elected a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford in 1726; in 1728, Wesley was ordained a priest in the Church of England. He broke away from the Church of England in 1739 and established the first Methodist societies in Bristol and Kingswood, England; during his life, Wesley, wrote, edited or abridged almost 400 publications.

Scope and Contents

A large folio extra-illustrated volume containing twenty-six letters by John Wesley and single letters by Robert Southey, Charles Wesley, and George Whitefield. The volume also contains a few printed items and various engravings of John Wesley, Charles Wesley, George Whitfield, Robert Southey, Samuel Wesley, and locations associated with the Wesley family. The letter to an unidentified woman (1778 November 13, HM 57046) is a printed facsimile of the original letter in the Methodist Archives, Rylands University Library (Manchester, England). George Whitefield's letter (HM 57062) is addressed to "Mr. Blackwell at Mr. Martin's a Banker in Lombard Street in London" and is dated 1739 June 27. The letter to Rev. Samuel Furly (1758 March 7, HM 57036) is written by secretary John Jones.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayle Richardson, in 1998. In 2020, the electronic finding aid was created from the legacy inventory.


Arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Religious life
Religious thought
Engravings -- 18th century
Engravings -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- 18th century
Letters (correspondence) -- 19th century
Jones, John, approximately 1719-1785
Southey, Robert, 1774-1843
Wesley, Charles, 1707-1788
Whitefield, George, 1714-1770
Bixby, William K. (William Keeney), 1857-1931

Volume 1

John Wesley letters and engravings 1748-1818