Falmouth - John Wesley (1745-1789)

John Wesley preached here three times, although he came also in 1745 in order to preach, but he was confronted by a huge mob that only meant him harm, but he was protected by the Hand of God and he was not hurt. This was the time of the 1745 Rebellion and people connected him and sometimes mistook him with the Catholic Prince Charlie.

By 1789 things had mightily changed; he wrote in his diary on August 18th, 'When I was here 40 years ago, I was taken prisoner by an immense mob, gaping and roaring like lions. But how is the tide turned! High and low now lined the street, from one end of town to the other, out of stark love and kindness, gaping and staring as if the King were going by. In the evening I preached on the smooth top of the hill, at a small distance from the sea, to the largest congregation I have ever seen in Cornwall, except in or near Redruth. And such a time I have not known before since I returned from Ireland. God moved wonderfully on the hearts of the people, who all seem to know the day of their visitation.'

Wesley did not go to Falmouth very often, possibly because the Falmouth people would go to hear him at nearby Penryn. I have not found any records but it is hard to believe that the town was not touched by some of the revivals, especially the 1814 revival that touched Penryn,

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I do not know where the meetings took place, except one that was on Pike's Hill.

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