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forth in such manner that they shall be intelligible to the most uninformed reader. As stated in the Introduction, I have also avoided, as much as possible, except in the last chapter of the volume, any merely didactic treatment of its subjects, but have studied to give it throughout popular attraction and effect, by historical facts and style. The first three chapters, however, are alone in purely narrative or chrono. logical form, and are such only so far as the founding of Methodism in England and America is concerned, or as they can best answer historically the question, What is Methodism ? by showing its evan. gelical stand-point. This chronological narrative could not be further extended without making the work too large; and it must be borne in mind that it is the founding of Methodism that is to be celebrated in the Centenary Jubilee. Its subsequent results are classified and embodied in other chapters. It would seem desirable that the good and, in many instances, truly great men who have built up the denomination during its first century, should have some record in the volume, but this is obviously impossible; they have their place in its history, but this is not its history.

I indulge the hope that you, and other readers, who have followed me through my larger works on Methodism, will not find this more compendious and more classified review of its first century in America uninteresting, though it must necessarily be, to a great extent, a repetition of my former data, and in some instances, with but slight modifications of style. The similar books, officially published by different branches of the denomination at its General Centenary in 1839, have been retained as manuals in their literature. I have endeavored to secure to the present volume the same advantage, by so presenting the history and official statistics of the various institutions and interests of the Church as to make the book a permanent standard for reference, affording, in the most convenient form, the chief data which may be needed by writers, preachers, or others, respecting its history, theology, discipline, literature, education, missions, Sundayschools, etc.

I shall always consider it no small honor to have co-operated, however slightly, with you and your colleagues of the Centenary Committee in the onerous labors with which you have been preparing the Church for its approaching festival, an occasion which I doubt not will be rendered forever memorable.

Respectfully,

ABEL STEVENS. MAMARONECK PARSONAGE, Oct., 1865.

CONTENTS.

109

Methodism in New York.. 69 The “ Class Meeting"

109

Barbara Heck.

69 "General Rules”

109

Captain Webb...

70 Church Officers..

110

Outspread of Methodism, 75 | Circuits, Districts, Conferences 111

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Vigor of its System... 118 Witness of the Spirit.

128
Its Origin and Developnient.. 114 Christian Perfection...

180
Lay Representation...... 120 Catholicity of Methodism..... 134

Examples of Wesley's Liber-

CHAPTER VI.

ality..

189

Scientific Theology

140

ITS DOOTRINAL SYSTEM.

Watson and Warren.

140

Articles of Religion.. 125 Relative Position of Methodist

Arminianism...

127 Theology

140

CHAPTER I.

Wesley adopts the Institution. 172

ITS SPECIAL ADAPTATION AND USE- Asbury. introduces it into

America.

FULNESS TO THE COUNTRY.

178

Great Growth of Population... 147 History of the Methodist Sun-

The Methodist Itinerancy nec-

day-School Union..

175

Its great Success..

176

essary to meet the Moral

Wants of the Country

Results—Statistics

148

176

Its Remarkable Results.. 150

CHAPTER V.

Its Relative Success....

152

ITS MISSIONARY LABORS.

CHAPTER II.

Early Methodism and Missions 180

ITS LABORS IN THE DIFFUSION OF LIT- Bishop Coke and Missions.... 181

ERATURE

Great Success.

184

Wesley's Literary Services.. 155 History of Methodist Mission-

Origin of the Methodist Book ary Society

187

Concern

157 Foreign Missions.

191

Its History

157 German Methodism..

196

Its present Magnitude.. 160 Present Condition of Methodist

Its Usefulness...

161

Missions ..

198

Results—Statistics

198

CHAPTER III.

ITS EDUCATIONAL LABORS.

CHAPTER VI.

First Methodist School....... 163 ITS LOYALTY AND PATRIOTIO SERV-

Wesleyan Educational Efforts. 164

ICES.

Theological Schools .. 165 Wesley and the Revolution... 201

Early Educational Efforts in His change of Opinion..

201

America

165 His Letter to British Cabinet

Asbury misrepresented. 166 Ministers

201

History of Education in the Methodist E. Church first rec-

Church.

167 ognizes the New Government 203

Results—Statistics

170 Important change of its Article 208

CHAPTER IV.

Methodism asserts the National

Sovereignty.

203

ITS SUNDAY-SOHOOL ENTERPRISE. Address to Washington..

205

Early Methodism and Sunday- His Reply......

207

Schools ...

171 | The Antislavery Controversy.. 208

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