One of the twenty-one children of Samuel Wesley the elder, John Wesley attended Charterhouse School before entering Christ Church, Oxford in 1720, aged 16 (B.A. 1724, M.A. 1727; Fellow of Lincoln College Oxford 1726-51). He led his brother Charles's "methodist" society at Oxford before going on to found the Methodist movement proper. Wesley led a religious mission to Georgia (1733); in 1738 he began out-of-doors preaching in towns where churches were closed to him. He published twenty-three volumes of hymns, among many other writings.
A collection of psalms and hymns. 1737, etc.
A dialogue between a predestinarian and his friend. 1742.
An earnest appeal to men of reason and religion. 1743.
A farther appeal. 1745.
Advice to the people called Methodists. 1745.
A second dialogue between an antinomian and his friend. 1745
The principles of a Methodist. 1746.
Primitive physick: or an easy and natural method of curing most diseases. Bristol. 1747.
The character of a Methodist. 1747.
A letter to a person lately joined with the people called Quakers. 1748.
A plain account of the people called Methodists. 1749.
A short address to the inhabitants of Ireland. 1749.
The nature, design and general rules of the United Societies. 1750.
Serious thoughts upon the perseverance of saints. 1751.
Popery calmly considered. 1752.
Serious thoughts occasioned by the late earthquake at Lisbon. 1755.
Queries humbly proposed to Count Zinzendorff. 1755.
An address to the clergy. 1756.
The doctrine of original sin. 1757.
A preservative against unsettled notions in religion. 1758.
A blow at the root: or Christ stabbed in the house of his friends. 1762.
Thoughts on the imputed righteousness of Christ. 1762.
A survey of the wisdom of God in the Creation. 2 vols, 1763.
The complete English dictionary. 1764.
Explanatory notes upon the Old Testament. 1765.
The witness of the Spirit. 1767.
A plain account of Christian perfection as believed and taught by John Wesley from 1725 to 1765. 1770.
Free thoughts on the present state of public affairs. 1770.
Minutes of several conversations between the Rev. Messieurs John and Charles Wesley, and others. 1770.
Works. 32 vols, 1771-74.
Thoughts upon slavery. 1774.
A calm address to our American colonies. 1775.
A concise history of England. 4 vols, 1776.
Some observations on liberty. 1776.
A serious address to the people of England. 1778.
Reflections on the rise and progress of the American rebellion. 1780.
A concise ecclesiastical history. 4 vols, 1781.
A short account of the life and death of the Rev J. Fletcher. 1786.
Serious considerations concerning the doctrine of election and reprobation. 1790.
The Scripture doctrine concerning predestination. 1797.
Poetical works of John and Charles Wesley, ed. G. Osborn. 13 vols, 1868-72.
Journal, ed. N. Curnock. 8 vols, 1909-16.