Jottings – John Wesley’s Best Friend

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In these days, it was customary for the itinerant and local preachers to take breakfast together, on Sunday mornings, at City Road. On one occasion, when Wesley was present, a young man rose and found fault with one of his seniors. The Scotch blood of Thomas Rankin was roused, and he sharply rebuked the juvenile for his impertinence; but, in turn, was as sharply rebuked himself. Wesley instantly replied: ‘I will thank the youngest man among you to tell me of any fault you see in me; in doing so, I shall consider him as my best friend.’ This was quite enough to silence Rankin.

 

Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 567. The incident dates from 1789, less than two years prior to Wesley’s homecall.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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