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George Whitfield was born 12/16/1714 at Glouster, England.  He was the youngest of the seven children of Thomas W., a wine merchant & inn keeper.  George met the Wesley brothers (Holy Club) at Oxford in 1732, experienced the “new birth” in 1735, & embarked on being an evangelist.  He seems to have the lead field preaching.  (On one of his seven visits to America, Benjamin Franklin measured the distance Whitefield’s voice could carry & confirmed he could be heard by 40,000 people at once.)  He first sailed to America in 1738 & actually died at Newburyport, MA, 9/30/1770.  Somewhere in the early 40’s he broke doctrinally with the Wesleys but a friendship remained – the fb reader is encouraged to read Wesley’s Sermon 53 “ON THE DEATH OF THE REV. MR. GEORGE WHITEFIELD” preached 11/18/1770.

Whitfield quotes:

“It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.”

“Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death.”

“To preach more than half an hour, a man should be an angel himself or have angels for hearers.”

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