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METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
WITH AN APPENDIX.
EDITED BY BISHOP MERRILL.
NEW YORK: HUNT & EATON.
To the Members of the Methodist Episcopal
Church : DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN: We think it expedient to give you a brief account of the rise of Methodism, both in Europe and America. “In 1729 two young men in England, reading the Bible, saw they could not be saved without holiness; fol. lowed after it; and incited others so to do. In 1737 they saw, likewise, that men are justified before they are sanctified: but still holiness was their object. God then thrust them out to raise a holy people.” These are the words of John and Charles Wesley
In the year 1766 Philip Embury, a Wesleyan Local Preacher from Ireland, began to preach in the city of New York, and formed a Society of his own countrymen and the citizens; and in the same year,