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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Conference of 1791

Conference of 1791.

Mr. Wesley died on the 2d of March this year; and the Conference, when assembled in the month of July follow page 12 ing, made the subjoined entry in their Journal:—"It may be expected that the Conference make some observations on the death of Mr. Wesley; but they find themselves utterly inadequate to express their ideas and feelings on this awful and affecting event. Their souls do truly mourn for their great loss; and they trust they shall give the most substantial proofs of their veneration for the memory of their esteemed Father and Friend, by endeavouring, with great humility and diffidence, to follow and imitate him in doctrine, discipline, and life."*

It is added, in the Minutes of the same Conference, "Is it necessary to enter into any engagements in respect to our future plan of economy?

"A. We engage to follow strictly the plan which Mr. Wesley left us at his death."

* Minutes, vol. i., p. 234.

Ibid., p. 246