So Civil a People
John Wesley began his work in England in 1739, seeking to develop societies of deeply religious people within the established church. In 1747 his first preacher came to Ireland and commenced work in Dublin. Wesley himself followed later in the year, spending just a few weeks in that city. He did not venture into the Irish provinces, knowing of no base from which to develop his work there. His brother Charles arrived in Dublin not long after John”s departure and continued the work. So Civil a People is the story of Methodists in the Irish Midlands.