The Revd. John Wesley
The Revd. John Wesley

JOHN BUTTERWORTH (c.1761-c.1821)

The Revd. John Wesley

1790 United Kingdom

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The Revd. John Wesley
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Wesley is credited, along with his brother Charles, as founding the Methodist movement. He was widely respected and referred to as "the best loved man in England.”
In 1735, the Wesley brothers became missionaries in America. After 3 years in Georgia, John returned to England and settled in Bristol. His passionate sermons upset the local clergy and he found himself banned from their pulpits..
Wesley travelled the country, visiting poor neighbourhoods, and spreading the message of God's love to industrial workers or agricultural labourers. He preached that if they loved God, in return, they would "be saved from sin and made holy". Wesley was also vocal about personal morality, warning against the dangers of gambling and drinking. In his sermons he encouraged people to work hard and to save for the future. He encouraged people who had full-time jobs to become lay preachers. This gave working people valuable experience of speaking in public..
Wesley wrote a large number of books including collections of psalms, hymns and sermons. He also founded and edited the Methodist Magazine. Wesley received over £30,000 in royalties from his writings. This was used for charitable work including the foundation of Kingswood School in Bristol. Wesley and his followers became known as Methodists. By the time John Wesley died in 1791, the Methodist movement had over 76,000 members
The Collection of the late Richard Allen
Height 87.00 mm (3.43 inches)
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inscribed under the bust The Revd. John Wesley/Died March 2 1791 Aged 88/Taken from the life by J. Butterworth Leeds May 1st 1790, (It would appear that Butterworth added the inscription after Wesley's death, 10 months after taking his profile
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