The Underestimated Mr Wesley: Charles Wesley 1707-1788

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Charles WesleyTo celebrate the tercentenary of Charles Wesley's birth Dublin City Library presented The Underestimated Mr Wesley, a lecture by Dudley Levistone Cooney.

Charles Wesley was a leader of the Methodist movement and younger brother of John Wesley. Wesley is primarily remembered as a writer of hymns including the Christmas favourite Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. He was also one of the most prolific poets in the English Language.

Dudley Levistone Cooney historian and writer is President of Wesley Historical Society in Ireland and President of Old Dublin Society and author of Methodists in Ireland: a short history.


The lecture was held in Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 on 18th December 2007, the 300th anniversary of the birth of Charles Wesley. Introduction by Alastair Smeaton, Dublin City Public Libraries.

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