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A JOHN WESLEY SERMON IN MANUSCRIPT

John Wesley.
[Sermon on Hebrews 4:9]. Manuscript on paper.
[Birr, Ireland], 15 June 1758.

This original manuscript from the hand of John Wesley preserves an otherwise unknown sermon on Hebrews 4:9. Discovered and published in 1940 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 reprinted many times beginning in 1783. 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 (where he had preached the previous evening) to Limerick.

Link to complete digitized copy of Wesley's sermon