Image from page 356 of "Historic towns of the Southern States" (1904)
Subjects: Cities and towns
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons
Contributing Library: University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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a hero towhose virtues no tablet speaks ; a Georgian in whosememory no marble shaft lifts up its polished line ;forgotten of those he served ; asleep in his namelessgrave ; but blessed be the soil which has mingled withTomochichis dust, the first of the great Savannahians ! On the original spot where the colonists es-tablished a house of worship stands to-day thebeautiful and classic proportions of ChristChurch. Here Wesley preached and White-field exhorted,—the most gifted and erraticcharacters in the early settlement of Georgia.Wesley came to the Georgia shores with afervor amounting almost to religious mysti-cism. He thought his mission was to Christ-ianize the Indians. No priest from Spainever carried the Cross among the Aztecs Savannah ;o9 and Incas of Mexico and Peru with morezeal than the sanguine Wesley. His careerin Georgia was checkered and unfruitful. Aman of great ability and undoubted piety,he suspended his missionary work amongthe Indians because he could not learn the
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CHRIST CHURCH. language and never understood their tempera-ment. His ministry among the whites wasmarked by a severity which made him unpopu-lar. He seems to have been a martinet in thepulpit,—as Colonel Jones calls him, a censormortim in the community. He became em-broiled with his parishioners and left Savannah 3IO Savannah between the suns. And yet Bishop Chandlerof Georgia probably spoke the words of truthfrom the pulpit of Wesley Monumental Churchin Savannah, in November, 1899, when he saidthat no Qfiander man ever walked these his-toric streets than John Wesley. ■if OAKS AT BETHESDA ORPHANAGE, UNDER WHICH WHITEFIELOPREACHED. George Whitefield was a preacher of suchtalent that Chesterfield said he had never lis-tened to so eloquent a man. Benjamin Frank-lin regfarded him as a model of loofic andpower. This good Oxford graduate was actu-ated, like Oglethorpe, by the broadest benevo- Savannah 311 lence when he estabhshed an orphan home atBethesda; but his zeal outran his slende
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