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John Wesley's Journal is one of the most important sources of information about his life and thought. Now, in this first of seven journal volumes published in The Works of John Wesley collection, scholars have access to a critical edition of the Journal featuring annotations and commentary by two of the world's foremost Wesley authorities. Spanning three years in Wesley's life, this annotated Journal makes a major contribution to contemporary Wesleyan scholarship. Extract 1 contains Wesley's journal from the time of his embarking for Georgia (October 14, 1735) to the time of his return to London (February 1, 1737). Extract 2 covers Wesley's life from his return to London to his journey to Germany, to his return from Germany in August, 1738.
The Introduction to this edition discusses the nature of Wesley's Journal, places it in the context of autobiography as a genre, examines its construction, and discusses Wesley's frame of mind during its writings.
W. Reginald Ward is Professor Emeritus of Modern History, The University of Durham, England.