The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850
The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850

The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850

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Dunn, Samuel; Everett, James; Griffith, William [editors]. The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, for the year 1850. London: Partridge and Oakey, 1850. First Edition.

This volume has the issues November, 1849 and January to December, 1850. There is a general title page and preface of iv. pp., then the page numbers run (193)-240, which is the November, 1849 issue. Next are pp. (1)-484, which are the entire twelve numbers for 1850, with the annual index.

The book is bound in half black calf and marbled boards - the binding is scuffed and worn yet with nothing cracked or damaged. The spine has raised bands and checkered panels, with "Wesley Banner | 1850" in gilt on a dark wine leather label. These numbers were evidently gathered and bound and some do show some edge-wear and soil, with some page corner tips turned. Signature of a former owner on the ffep. Very good.  [3751] 

Samuel Dunn (1798-1882), British Methodist whose father, James Dunn, knew John Wesley and in 1768 became a class leader. James was the master of a small trading vessel, and he and his crew defended Adam Clarke from the fury of the mob at Guernsey in 1786. The son Samuel was raised in this milieu of early vigorous Methodism, and was himself a Methodist preacher and the first missionary of that sect to the Shetland Islands. In addition to his ministerial duties he was a prolific author and editor. You may know him from his Memoirs of the seventy-five eminent Divines whose Discourses form the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate...&c., a prolix title indeed.

The journal offered for sale here, The Wesley Banner and Revival Record, was begun by Dunn in 1849. It advocates reform among the Wesleyans and is critical of certain aspects of the sect. It only took a few months before Samuel Dunn, James Everett, and William Griffith were called to account for this publication at the conference at Manchester in 1849. Their refusal to stop publishing resulted in their expulsion from the Wesleyan Methodist Church. It is estimated that this action cost the Wesleyans 100,000 members, as this was the number of people who followed the three men into the newly-formed Methodist Reform Church.

The volume includes theology, reports of revivals, book reviews, temperance instruction, biographical sketches, teaching suggestions for class workers, and advocates for reform among the English Wesleyans. It also has columns on natural history, or nature, for the family reading.