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Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity$
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Gareth Lloyd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199295746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295746.001.0001

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Engagements and Marriages

Engagements and Marriages

(p.88) 5 Engagements and Marriages
Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity

Gareth Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The marriage of Charles Wesley to Sarah Gwynne in April 1749 represented a watershed in the groom's life and ministry. Charles's itinerant preaching was reduced until it ceased altogether in 1756 and this aggravated other tensions that were starting to appear in relations between the Wesley brothers. John and Charles seem to have viewed each other's marital intentions as a threat and this climaxed in Charles's deliberate destruction of his brother's engagement to Grace Murray in October 1749. A decisive personal break between the brothers was only narrowly avoided, but their old closeness was severely undermined and this alienation started to impact on the Methodist movement.

Keywords:   marriage, Sarah Gwynne, Grace Murray, John Bennet, Calvinism, Arminianism, George Whitefield, Mary Vazeille

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