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AND

DISCIPLINE

OF THE

METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

1 8 6 0.

WITH AN APPENDIX.

Cincinnati:
PUBLISHED BY POE & HITCHCOCK,

CORNER OF MAIN AND EIGHTH STREET

1860.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860,

BY CARLTON & PORTER,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for

the Southern District of New York.

ANDOVER THEOL. SEMINARY

NOV 20 1907

LIBRARY

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“In 1729,

DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN, --We think it expedient to give you a brief account of the rise of Methodism, both in Europe and America. two young men in England, reading the Bible, saw they could not be saved without holiness: followed after it, and incited others so to do. In 1737, they saw, likewise, that men are justified be fore they are sanctified: but still holie ness was their object. God then thrust them out to raise a holy people."*

In the year 1766, Philip Embury, a

* These are the words of Messrs. Wesley themselves.

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Local Preacher of our society, from
Ireland, began to preach in the city of
New York, and formed a society of his
own countrymen and the citizens; and
the same year, Thomas Webb preached
in a hired room near the barracks.
About the same time, Robert Straw-
bridge, a Local Preacher from Ireland,
settled in Frederic County, in the State of
Maryland, and, preaching there, formed
some societies. The first Methodist
Church was built in New York in 1768
or 1769; and in 1769 Richard Board-
man and Joseph Pilmoor came to New
York, who were the first regular Meth-
odist Preachers on the continent.
the latter end of the year 1771 Francis
Asbury and Richard Wright of the
same order came over.

We believe that God's design in rais ing up the Preachers called Methodists in America was to reform the continent and spread Scripture holiness over these

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lands. As a proof hereof we have seen since that time a great and glorious work of God from New York through: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia, as also of late to the extremities of the Western and Eastern States.

We esteem it our duty and privilege most earnestly to recommend to you, as members of our Church, our FORM OF DISCIPLINE, which has been founded on the experience of a long series of years, as also on the observations and remarks we have made on ancient and modern Churches.

We wish to see this little* publication in the house of every Methodist, and the more so as it contains the articles of religion, maintained more or less, in part or in whole, by every reformed Church in the world.

* Used in reference to the 24mo, edition.

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