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THE TWENTIETH EDITION.
PUBLISHED BY N. BANGS AND T. MASON,
For the Methodist Episcopal Churche
J.C, moiton printer, 9 Bowery.
IN THE UNITED STATES.
WE think it expedient to give you a brief account of the rise of Methodisn, both in Europe and America. “In 1729, two young men in England, reading the bible, saw they coala not be saved without boliness : followed after it, and incited others so to do. la 1737, they saw likewise, that men are justified before they are sanctified : but still boliness was their object. God then thrust them out to raise a holy people."
In the year 1766, Philip Embory, a local preacher of our society, from Ireland, began to preach in the city of New York, and formed a society of his own countrymen and the eitizens; and the same year' Thomas Webb preached in a bired room near the barracks. About the same time, Robert Strawbridge, 2 local preacher from Ireland, settled in Frede. rick county, in the state of Maryland, and preaching there, formed some societies. The first Methodist church was built in New York in 1768 or 1769; and in 1769 Richard Board. on and Joseph Pilavoor came to New-York; who were the first regular Methodist preach. års on the continent. In the latter end of Abę year 1771, Francis Asbury and Richard Wright, of the same order, came over.
These are the words of Messrs. Wesleys themsives.
We believe that God's design in raising up the preachers called Methodists, in America, was to reform the continent, and spread scrip ture holiness over these lands. As a proof hereof, we have seen, since that time, a great and glorious work of God, from New-York through the Jersey, Penpsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South-Carolina, and Georgia ; as also of late, to the extremities of the western and eastern states.
We esteem it our duty and privilege most earnestly to recommend to you, as members of our church, our FORM OF DISCIPLINE, wbich has been founded on the experience of a long series of years : as also on the obervations and remarks we have made on ancient and modern churches.
We wish to see this little publication in the house of every Methodist ; and the more so, as it contains the articles of religion maintained more or less, in part or in whole, by every reformed church in the world.
Far from wishing you to be ignorant of any of our doctrines, or any part of our discipline, we desire you to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the whole. You ought, next to the word of God, to procure the Articles and Canons of the Church to which you belong.--This present edition is small and cheap, and we can assure you that the profits of the sale of it shall be applied to charitable purpo
We remain your very affectionate brethren and pastors, who labour night and day, both in public and in private, for your good.
DOCTRINES AND DISCIPLINE
Methodist Episcopal Church.
of the Origin of the Methodist Episcopal
He preachers and members of our society in general, being convinced that there was a great deficiency of vital religion in the Church of England in Amer. ica, and being in many places destitute of the Christian sacraments, as several of the clergy had forsaken their churches, requested the late Rev. John Wesley to take such measures, in his wisdom and prudence, as would afford them suitable relief in their distress.
In consequence of this, our venerable friend, who, under God, had been the Father of the great revival of religion now extending over the earth, by the means of the Methodists, determined to ordain