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Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing about 6,500 hymns.

Wesley was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Anglican cleric and poet Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna. He was a younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, and he became the father of musician Samuel Wesley and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

Wesley was educated at Oxford where his brothers had also studied, and he formed the "Holy Club" among his fellow students in 1729. John Wesley later joined this group, as did George Whitefield. Charles followed his father and brother into the church in 1735, and he travelled with John to Georgia in America, returning a year later. In 1749, he married Sarah Gwynne, daughter of a Welsh gentleman who had been converted to Methodism by Howell Harris. She accompanied the brothers on their evangelistic journeys throughout Britain until Charles ceased to travel in 1765.

Despite their closeness, Charles and John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 18, 1707 (North Lincolnshire), Died March 29, 1788 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: author, lyricist

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Recordings (Results 51-60 of 60 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick 2116 10-in. approximately Aug. 1918 Jesus lover of my soul Harry McClaskey ; Marie Morrisey Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra author  
Brunswick [Br cat 5190-a] 10-in. approximately Nov. 1917 Jesus, lover of my soul Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Brunswick 4696-4697 10-in. approximately Nov. 1920 Come Thou almighty King Collegiate Choir Mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 6443-6446 10-in. approximately Sept. 1921 Hark! The herald angels sing All Soul's Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra author  
Brunswick E20090-E20091 10-in. 9/11/1926 Hark! The herald angels sing All Souls’ Choir Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra author  
Brunswick IND666 10-in. 6/23/1928 Jesus, lover of my soul Uncle Dave Macon Male vocal solo, with banjo author  
Edison 2535 10-in. 10/28/1913 Love divine, all loves excelling Marie De Kyser ; Royal Fish Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra author  
Edison 2982 10-in. 4/2/1914 Love divine, all love excelling Vernon Archibald ; Helen Clark Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra author  
Edison 3719 10-in. 4/20/1915 Jesus, lover of my soul Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quintet, with orchestra author  
Columbia (U.K.) CA14718 10-in. between July and November 1934 Hark! The herald angels sing B.B.C. Chorus ; Joseph Lewis ; Berkeley Mason Vocal chorus, with organ author  
(Results 51-60 of 60 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wesley, Charles," accessed September 30, 2022,

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