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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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One Revolution

One Revolution

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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

John Wigger (Contributor Webpage)

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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.

Keywords:   Berkeley Springs, Calm Address, Freeborn Garrettson, oath of allegiance, preaching, Revolutionary War, Thomas Rankin, Thomas Webb, Thomas White, John Wesley

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