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A cold night in Georgia

April 03, 2017

John Wesley only stayed in Georgia for 23 months. Most of that time was spent in Savannah, but he made five trips to St. Simons Island. After his return to England he often mentioned how hot it had been in Georgia. Not only was it hot in Georgia, it was also cold.

On his last tip to St. Simons Island in January, 1737, he wrote in his journal that he spent the coldest day in his life on the island. He wrote that it was so cold the ink in his inkwell froze on a table near the fireplace. It was colder than any day he had ever spent in England.

He also noted that the hearts of the people on St. Simons were colder than that! He said he spent 20 days ‘beating the air” spiritually and nothing was happening. As he left the island he wrote in his journal, “I hope I never have to go back to that unhappy place!” That was his last trip to St. Simons Island.

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