Charles Wesley's troubles continue

5/3/2015

JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS
DAVE HANSON

Charles Wesley was living in a lean-to up against the fort at Fort Federica. He was charged with mutiny. Wesley said, “Mutiny? But I support what we are doing here and I support Oglethorpe.”

Oglethorpe said, “Well, some of the men want to leave and they go to church. So we think you are behind this.”

Wesley explained, “I have never seen these men in church in my life.”

Charles didn’t have a teapot. That wouldn’t bother most of us. But an Englishman without his teapot was pitiful. Wesley asked the quartermaster for a teapot. The quartermaster said, “No.” Wesley begged, “Surely you can let me, the pastor, have a teapot…” The quartermaster replied, “I have instructions – not to give you anything you request.” At that, Wesley bristled and said, “Well, if that’s the case, you’ll have no requests from me! Not for anything, even for food!” And out the door he went.

John Wesley heard about Charles’ troubles and made his first trip from Savannah to Frederica in order to help Charles. It took from four to six days to make that trip in the little flat bottomed boat. He arrived on April 10, 1736, and wrote in his journal, “As soon as Charles saw me get off the boat he began to feel better.”