Charles Wesley

Portrait by [[John Russell (painter)|John Russell]] Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymns.

Wesley was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Anglican cleric and poet Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna. He was a younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, and he became the father of musician Samuel Wesley and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Wesley was educated at Oxford where his brothers had also studied, and he formed the "Holy Club" among his fellow students in 1729. John Wesley later joined this group, as did George Whitefield. Charles followed his father and brother into the church in 1735, and he travelled with John to Georgia in America, returning a year later. In 1749, he married Sarah Gwynne, daughter of a Welsh gentleman who had been converted to Methodism by Howell Harris. She accompanied the brothers on their evangelistic journeys throughout Britain until Charles ceased to travel in 1765.

Despite their closeness, Charles and John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1785
Printed by John Paramore, at the Foundry, Upper-Moorsields

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1742
Printed by W. Strahan, and sold by Thomas Harris, at the Looking Glass and Bible, on London-Bridge; by Tho. Trye, at Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; and at the Foundery, near Upper Moorfields

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1748
printed by Felix Farley; and sold by T. Trye; and at the Foundry, London

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1766
Bristol: printed, and Glasgow re-printed

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1779
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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1745
Printed by W. Strahan; and sold by T. Trye, near Gray's-Inn-Gate, Holborn; Henry Butler, at the corner of Bow Church-Yard; and at the Foundery near Moorfields

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1755
printed and sold by E. Farley

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1757

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1785
printed by J. Paramore, at the Foundry, Upper Moorfields

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1743
printed by John Gooding, on the Side; sold by R. Akenhead, on Tyne Bridge, Newcastles by; T. Trye, at Gray's Inn Gate, Holbourn; at the Foundery [J. Paramore], near Upper-Moorfields, London; and at the New-School in the Horse-Fair, Bristol

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1794
printed by G. Paramore, North-Green, Moorfields; and sold by G. Whitfield, at the Chapel, City-Road; and at the Methodist preaching-houses in town and country

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1775
printed by R. Hawes, (no. 34) in Lamb-Street, Spitalfields

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1760

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1795
printed by G. Paramore: sold by G. Whitfield; and at the Methodist preaching-houses, in town and country

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1790
printed and sold at the New-Chapel; and at the Rev. Mr. Wesley's preaching-houses in town and country

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1764
printed by William Pine

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1775
printed by R. Hawes, (no. 34) in Lamb-Street, Spitalfields

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by Wesley, Charles
Published 1771
printed by William Pine, in Wine-Street