The author of this book, Dr. Francis H. Tees, has rendered a vital service in preparing a volume which tells of those early days of American Methodism referred to by Bishop Asbury. Dr. Tees for nine years has been the pastor of Old St. George’s Methodist Church in Philadelphia, the oldest church in American Methodism. Despite a busy pastorate Dr. Tees has found time to examine records not always available to historical students and has presented this material in an accurate and historical attitude.
Dr. Tees has done more than record historical data for readers of this volume will be inspired to emulate the courage, devotion, and warmth of heart that characterized the leaders of pioneer American Methodism. Dr. Tees has made a valuable contribution to Methodist literature.
- Paul Neff Garber, Duke University, October 26, 1939.
It is fitting therefore, that “The Beginnings of Methodism in England and America” should be recorded by the pastor, at the present time, of “Old St. George’s” in Philadelphia. No complete story of American Methodism, nor indeed of world Methodism, could be told without the records of St. George’s Church. Out of these priceless records and the archives of the Philadelphia Conference Historical Society, Dr. Tees has been in a position to gather these materials as no one else has done. This book, the result of years of research on the part of the author, will be welcomed by every student of early Methodism. It will be found necessary for the full understanding of the “Beginnings.”
- Channing A. Richardson, Department of City Work, Board of Home Missions and Church Extension. Philadelphia, Pa.