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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists$
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John Wigger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387803.001.0001

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“The garden of God”

“The garden of God”

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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

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Asbury had become so well known that letters from Europe could be addressed simply to “Francis Asbury.” A sustained revival swept across American Methodism beginning in 1800, radiating outward from two epicenters: the Cumberland region and the Delmarva Peninsula. The revival led to a schism in Philadelphia in 1801, pitting a minority of relatively wealthy Methodists on one side and a poorer majority on the other. The wealthier faction eventually left the church to form the short-lived United Societies. Stuck in Philadelphia with an injured foot, Asbury generally sided with the poorer faction, but regretted any involvement in the affair. Still in poor health, Asbury left Philadelphia in July 1801 and made his way south. He was disappointed that the revival had not extended into South Carolina.

Keywords:   Cumberland, Delmarva Peninsula, health, Philadelphia, revival, schism, United Societies

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