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The Letters of John Wesley

Volume 2 Illustrations


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This is the only portrait known of William Morgan, the Irish friend who, on August 24, 1730, led the Wesleys to visit the prisons in Oxford and to care for the sick. Morgan died two years later, raving of the Wesleys on his death-bed (see vol. i. p.122), but he had led the way into a field of usefulness in which his friends never ceased to labour. The oil-painting, which is now at the Book-Room, was bought in March, 1926, from Miss Burchell, a descendant of the Morgan family.



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Wesley's Room in Lincoln College, where the Holy Club met, is a Methodist shrine. It was restored by American Methodists, presided over by Bishop John W. Hamilton, whose brother, Mr. W. D. Hamilton, discovered the antique linen-fold wainscot in the West of England, and painted a fine copy of the Romney portrait of Wesley in Philadelphia for the room. Furniture of Wesley's time has been installed, and the room, which was reopened on September 10, 1928, is worthy of its illustrious occupant.



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Wesley had some anxious correspondence about the preaching place at Skinner's Alley, Dublin. Mr. Home had complained of delay (see vol. ii. pp. 142-50); and this reply shows Wesley's capacity as a business man. Skinner's Alley he describes in another letter to his brother as 'a millstone about my neck.' It remained in Methodist hands until the chapel in Whitefriar Street was built a few years later.


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This is an interior view of the oldest Methodist preaching place in the world. It was built in June 1739, and enlarged in 1746. It had passed out of Methodist hands, but was purchased by Mr. Edmund S. Lamplough, and after restoration by Sir George H. Oatley, LL.D., was reopened on February 13, 1930, as a Church House.



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The room set apart for John Fletcher; who was often here, is also shown.