As the Revolutionary War approached, John Wesley published pamphlets, beginning with A Calm Address to Our American Colonies, against the American cause. The other British preachers mostly sided with Wesley, including Rankin and Thomas Webb, but Asbury tried to remain neutral. After falling sick in May 1776 Asbury went to the warm springs resort at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, but was appalled by the indulgent lifestyle he encountered there. In 1778 Asbury went into hiding at the home of Thomas and Mary White in Delaware, in order to avoid taking a Maryland oath of allegiance. While several preachers, including Freeborn Garrettson, were arrested for preaching in Maryland, Asbury remained in seclusion. With time on his hands he prayed and read widely, but he felt guilty for his inactivity.
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