John Wesley helps his brother



After John Wesley made his first trip to St. Simons Island in April 1736 he began to investigate what was going on among the colonists. He spent a full week asking questions and studying the situation. He concluded that two of the women had conspired against his brother in order to have him removed. They had lied to Charles and to Oglethorpe and caused friction between the two men.

John got the two men together and helped them reconcile. John then returned to Savannah, but he was not there long before Charles appeared. Charles was the Secretary of Indian Affairs and Oglethorpe’s personal secretary. He said, “I have come to Savannah to license some additional traders with the Indians and then I must go to London with messages from Oglethorpe to the Trustees of Georgia. And, thank God, I’ll be gone from this unhappy place!”

He told Oglethorpe he did not want to return. Oglethorpe first tried to talk him into staying, but then said, “No, you are right, Charles. You are not cut out for this frontier living. You are a city boy. Go back home, get married, and settle down. But don’t tell the Trustees you are not coming back. If they know you are not returning they will send a replacement. And they might send a Presbyterian!”

The next day John began his second trip to St. Simons Island to take Charles’ place. He came to do pastoral work among the colonists on the island.