Wesley Breaks from Church of England

Accommodation Search

History on 28th February


Selby Rail Crash

Last British Soldiers leave India

Wesley Breaks from Church of England

The 28th of February 1784 AD

John Wesley never considered that he and his Methodist followers had left the Church of England, but in 1784 a de facto split emerged thanks to the need to prepare for Methodism without the ageing John Wesley , and in reaction to the state of affairs as regards the provision of Church of England priests in America.
On February 28 1784 Wesley drew up his Deed of Declaration, a legal document subsequently lodged with the Court of Chancery in London . This formalised a structure for the previously informal conference guiding the Methodist movement. What was to become known as The Legal Hundred, 100 senior preachers selected by Wesley, would be the decision-making body for the group.
In 1784 Wesley was an octogenarian, well past the normal life-span for the times; he was preparing his succession. He was also preparing the way for the ordination of preachers to work in America, where since independence had been won the Church of England had refused to provide ordained ministers, leading to a shortage of such figures in the United States. Wesley was not a bishop; he had no authority with the Church of England to ordain ministers. It was thus inevitable that a schism would arise.

More famous dates here

18645 views since 26th February 2010

Brit Quote:
Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
More Quotes

On this day:
Drake Starts round the world voyage - 1577, Battle of Alton - 1643, Battle of the River Plate - 1939, Jackanory First Broadcast - 1965
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages