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The life of John Wesley


The life of John Wesley

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    Caleb Thomas Winchester
Excerpt from book: years before, — a theory which, as Jeffery was very impartial in his attentions, would hardly seem to fit the facts. But the mysterious occurrences not only fixed thus early in John Wesley's mind a just belief in some realities beyond our positive knowledge, but they go far to account for that vein of credulity in the man which even his most partial admirers must admit. In January, 1714, on the nomination of the Duke of Buckingham, an old friend of his father, John Wesley was entered as a gown-boy in the Charterhouse School, London. He remained there till he went up to Christ Church College, Oxford, in June of 1720, as an exhibitioner from the Charterhouse. It is pleasant to be able to associate Wesley's name with this venerable school so redolent of memories of Addison, Steele, and Thackeray : but his years there, as well as those of his undergraduate life in Oxford, are without important record. Unlike his younger brother Charles, who, when at Westminster School a few years later, won the captaincy of the school by his pluck as a fighter, John Wesley would seem to have been of a quiet temper, and in the early years of his stay at the Charterhouse had to submit to many of those exactions which the British schoolboy has always imposed upon his juniors. He used to say that for years he hardly knew the taste of animal food, as the elder boys ate all the meat at table: but to this deprivation he ascribed, in great measure, the good health of his later years. We may be sure he made good use of his time. Samuel, the Usher of Westminster School, who naturally exercised a kind of supervision over both his younger brothers and assisted them in their studies, wrote home to the anxious father, in 1719, "Jack is a brave boy, learning Hebrew as fast ashe can." And the master of the Charter...   show more
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