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Wesley, John. An extract of the Rev. Mr. John Wesley's journals. Volume I. Philadelphia: Printed by Henry Tuckniss, no. 25, Church-Alley, and sold by John Dickins, no. 44, North Second Street, near Arch Street, 1795. 12mo (16.8 cm; 6.625"). , vi, 7–70, 75–316,  pp. (2 leaves of text lacking). $500.00
First American edition of journal excerpts from one of the founders of Methodism covering "his embarking for Georgia, to his return to London" with many meditations on faith. No further volumes were published in America. The text concludes with two advertisement pages for books sold by John Dickens for the "use of Methodist Societies in the United States of America" and to profit said societies.
Two leaves of the text are lacking here, and as they deal with "the complaint of William Williamson and Sophia his wife, for defaming the said Sophia, and refusing to administer to her the sacrament of the Lord's supper, in a public congregation, without cause," we wonder if this represents some variety of protective censorship.
Provenance: Inked 19th-century signatures of John P. Malone and John R. Malone on front pastedown, signature of James Wyche dated 1823 on title-page with scratched out signature of John O Malone; an undated note at the back states "Journals of the Founders of Methodism belonging to James Wyche, Granville County, Carolina." Wyche was the first president of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad.
ESTC W32242; Evans 29861. 18th-century sheep with delicately gilt red leather title-label and gilt ruling on spine, rubbed at joints and corners, two leaves lacking as above; light to moderate age-toning with some spotting, one missing corner touching catchword, inked signatures and note as above. => A sturdy and attractive little volume priced according to its faults, one of which may also be a "point of interest"! (37267) Please RESHELVE This.
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