Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII

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Author: John Wesley

CCLXX. — To the Same.

February 7, 1776.

I have found some of the uneducated poor who have exquisite taste and sentiment; and many, very many, of the rich who have scarcely any at all. But I do not speak of this: I want you to converse more, abundantly more, with the poorest of the people, who, if they have not taste, have souls, which you may forward in their way to heaven. And they have (many of them) faith, and the love of God, in a larger measure than any persons I know. Creep in among these, in spite of dirt, and a hundred disgusting circumstances; and thus put off the gentlewoman. Do not confine your conversation to genteel and elegant people. I should like this as well as you do: But I cannot discover a precedent for it in the life of our Lord, or any of his Apostles. My dear friend, let you and I walk as he walked.

I now understand you with regard to the P——s; but I fear in this you are too delicate. It is certain their preaching is attended with the power of God to the hearts of many; and why not to yours? Is it not owing to a want of simplicity? "Are you going to hear Mr. Wesley? "said a friend to Mr. Blackwell. "No," he answered, "I am going to hear God: I listen to Him, whoever preaches; otherwise I lose all my labor."

"You will only be content to convert worlds. You shall hew wood, or carry brick and mortar; and when you do this in obedience to the order of Providence, it shall be more profitable to your own soul than the other." You may remember Mr. De Renty’s other remark: "I then saw that a well-instructed Christian is never hindered by any person or thing. For whatever prevents his doing good works gives him a fresh opportunity of submitting his will to the will of God; which at that time is more pleasing to God, and more profitable to his soul, than anything else which he could possibly do."

Never let your expenses exceed your income. To servants I would give full as much as others give for the same service; and not more. It is impossible to lay down any general rules, as to "saving all we can," and "giving all we can." In this, it seems, we must needs be directed, from time to time, by the unction of the Holy One. Evil spirits have undoubtedly abundance of work to do in an evil world; frequently in concurrence with wicked men, and frequently without them.

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Chicago: John Wesley, "CCLXX. — To the Same.," Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, ed. Thomas Jackson in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII (London: Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872), Original Sources, accessed August 9, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VURVDA8Q51CISG.

MLA: Wesley, John. "CCLXX. — To the Same." Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, edited by Thomas Jackson, in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, London, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872, Original Sources. 9 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VURVDA8Q51CISG.

Harvard: Wesley, J, 'CCLXX. — To the Same.' in Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, ed. . cited in 1872, Collected Works of John Wesley, Volume XII, Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, London. Original Sources, retrieved 9 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VURVDA8Q51CISG.