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THE LIFE

OF THE

REV. JOHN WESLEY, A.M.

BOOK THE FIFTH.

CHAPTER I.

PROGRESS OF RELIGION, WITH THE PERSECUTIONS THAT FOLLOWED.

MR. WESLEY having now several helpers after his own heart, the work of God prospered in many places. Many societies were formed in Somersetshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and in several parts of Yorkshire. And those in London, Bristol, Kingswood, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, were much increased.

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But as in the beginning of Christianity, so it was now: This sect was every where spoken against. But its enemies were not content with this. In the year 1740, several rioters, who had long disturbed the meetings in Bristol, were emboldened by impunity. Their numbers also increased, so as to fill, not only the court before the preaching-house, but a considerable part of the street. The Mayor sent them orders to VOL. II. B

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