|A Message From John WesleyThe following, written by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, to the Public Advertiser in 1780, is worthy of careful consideration by us all:Professor Arthur Noble|
"Sir, - Some time ago a pamphlet was sent to me, entitled 'An Appeal from the Protestant Association to the People of Great Britain'. A day or two since a kind of answer to this was put into my hand, which pronounces 'its style contemptible, its reasoning futile, and its object malicious'. On the contrary, I think the style of it clear, easy, and natural; the reasoning in general strong and conclusive; the object or design kind and benevolent. And in pursuance of this kind and benevolent design - namely, to preserve our happy Constitution - I shall endeavour to confirm the substance of that tract by a few plain arguments). With persecution I have nothing to do. I persecute no man for his religious principles. Let there be as 'boundless a freedom in religion' as any man can conceive. But this does not touch the point.