Online Resources

A primary purpose of this website is to provide additional resources for study of the writings of John Wesley. These resources fall into three major categories.

Michelle Taylor
Taken at Wesley's Chapel and Leysian Mission, London, England.
Additional Works by Wesley as Editor

In the early planning of The Wesley Works Project it became clear that there was not room to include all of John Wesley’s manuscript materials and publications, particularly given the number of printed works by other writers that he abridged and republished. It was decided to devote the printed volumes of The Bicentennial Edition mainly to prose items that were largely original to Wesley. While understandable, much can be gained from studying not only Wesley’s selection of materials by others to republish, but also his editorial practices in abridging them. Thus one section of this site will be devoted to transcriptions, with essential annotation, of Wesley’s edited publications that are not included in the printed volumes. Major groupings planned include the following:

  • The Arminian Magazine
  • The Christian Library
  • Poetry and Hymn Collections: The Bicentennial Edition includes (vol. 7) a critical edition of John Wesley’s magisterial Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodist (1780). Through the agency of the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity School there is now access to transcriptions of John Wesley’s other edited poetry and hymn collections (as well as a full set of Charles Wesley’s verse).
  • Survey of the Wisdom of God in Creation
  • Other edited works
Background Texts

It is essential to study Wesley’s manuscript and published writings within their larger context, including correspondence that he received and published items critical of him or the Methodist movement. Many of these background texts are readily available to scholars, but some are quite rare, including many manuscript items. A second section of this site will focus on transcriptions of the most important background material. The first major set is:

Research Aids

A third section of this site is dedicated to databases, bibliographies, and the like that are created as part of the work in preparing The Bicentennial Edition but are not planned for inclusion in the printed volumes. The initial resources include:

Citation Guidelines (pdf)

The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity School maintains an up-to-date set of links to other research centers and resources in Wesley studies.