This manuscript from the hand of John Wesley (1703—1791), the founder of Methodism, preserves a sermon on Hebrews 4:9 that remained unpublished until 1940. Discovered and published by Albert F. Hall, a Methodist minister and collector of early documents in Oxfordshire, the ten-page sermon paraphrases Richard Baxter's Saints Everlasting Rest, a book that Wesley long had recommended to his followers, and which he edited in 1751 and had reprinted many times. Wesley's sermon was written on June 15, 1758, a rainy day that received no comment in his journal, but which delayed his travel from Birr, Ireland, to Limerick.
This digital collection of John Wesley's 1758 sermon presents large-format scans with a searchable transcription by Albert F. Hall. For more information, please contact Bridwell Library’s Special Collections Department.