JOHN WESLEY IN A
FIX AND OUT AGAIN.
The following anecdote of the founder of Methodism has, we believe, never been published. Although, WESLEY, like the apostles, found that his preaching did not greatly affect the mighty or the noble, still he numbered some families of good position among his followers. It was at the house of one of these that the incident here recorded took place.
WESLEY had been preaching; and a daughter of a neighbouring gentleman, a girl remarkable for her beauty, had been profoundly impressed by his exhortations. After the sermon WESLEY was invited to this gentleman's house to luncheon, and with himself and one of his preachers was entertained. This preacher, like many of the class at that time, was a man of plain manners, and not conscious of the restraints of good society.
The fair young Methodist sat beside him at the table, and he noticed that she wore a number of rings. During a pause in the meal the preacher took hold of the young ladies hand, and raising it in the air, called WESLEY's attention to the sparkling jewels.
"What do you think of this sir," he said "for a Methodist's hand?"
The girl turned crimson. For WESLEY, with his known and expressed aversion to finery, the question was a peculiarly awkward one. But the aged evangelist showed a tact which Chesterfield might have envied. He looked up with a quiet benevolent smile, and simply said:
"The hand is very beautiful."
The blushing beauty had expected something far different from a reproof wrapped up with such felicity in a compliment. She had the good sense to say nothing; but when a few hours later she again appeared in WESLEY's presence, the beautiful hand was stripped of every ornament except those which nature had given.