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Chapter 5. The Second Year in Georgia
The English Clergymen.
The same day that Bishop Nitschmann left Savannah, John Wesley moved into the
parsonage which had just been vacated by his predecessor, Mr. Quincy. A week earlier he
had entered upon his ministry at Savannah, being met by so large and attentive an
audience that he was much encouraged, and began with zeal to perform his pastoral
duties. He was the third Rector of the Savannah Parish, the Rev. Henry Herbert having
been the first, and he preached in a rude chapel built on the lot reserved for a house of
worship in the original plan of Savannah, -- the site of the present Christ Church.
The first word of discouragement was brought by Ingham, who returned from Frederica
on April 10th, with a message from Charles Wesley begging his brother to come to his
relief. He told a woeful story of persecution by the settlers, and injustice from Oglethorpe
to Charles Wesley, all undeserved, as Oglethorpe freely admitted when he threw off the
weight of suspicion laid upon his mind by malicious slanderers, and sought an interview
with his young secretary, in which much was explained and forgiven. But poor Charles
was in great straits when he sent Ingham to Savannah, sick, slighted, and abused,
deprived even of the necessaries of life, and so cast down that on one occasion he
exclaimed, "Thanks be to God, it is not yet made a capital offence to give me a morsel of
Wesley obeyed the summons, taking Delamotte with him, Ingham caring for the Church
and Delamotte's school during their absence. There were poor school facilities in
Savannah prior to Delamotte's arrival, and he at once saw the need, and devoted himself
to it. Delamotte seems to have been a quiet man, who took little share in the aggressive
work of his companions, and consequently escaped the abuse which was heaped upon
On April 22nd, Ingham sent an invitation to Toeltschig to visit him, and this was the
beginning of a close personal friendship which lasted for the rest of their lives, and of
such a constant intercourse between Ingham and the Moravian Church, that he is often
supposed to have become a member of it, though he really never severed his connection
with the Church of England. Toeltschig speaks of him as "a very young man, about 24 or
25 years of age, who has many good impulses in his soul, and is much awakened." He
had come to Georgia for the sole purpose of bearing the Gospel message to the Indians,
and it was through him that the Moravians were finally able to begin their missionary
When Wesley and Delamotte returned from Frederica, the former resumed his association
with the Moravians, continuing to join in their Sunday evening service, and translating
some of their hymns into English.