by Heather Hahn, Dec. 1, 2015, Madison, N.J. (United Methodist News Service).
Just six days before his death, John Wesley roused himself to write one last letter.
(The United Methodist Commission on Archives and History shares its vaults with Drew University, which has John Wesley’s last letter as part of its collection. Photo by Fran Walsh, United Methodist Communications)
The 87-year-old’s goal: To encourage a fellow abolitionist to keep the faith in the fight against slavery.
“O be not weary of well doing!” Methodism’s founder wrote to William Wilberforce, the famed abolitionist in the British Parliament. “Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.”
Wesley’s original letter is one of the treasures preserved in the vaults of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History. The agency, housed at United Methodist-related Drew University, offers materials — like that letter — that connect church members with their Wesleyan heritage.
“We’re the family album of The United Methodist Church,” said the Rev. Alfred T. Day III, the top executive of Archives and History since 2014…