Month: May 2018

John Wesley’s 1774 Playbill

Check out this Playbill that was printed and pasted up in the London theater district in 1774 by the Rev. John Wesley.  Please consider posting this playbill at your reenacting events.  It would certainly be a point of interest and discussion about Jesus and his soon return. The Rev. John Wesley was against most of the theaters/plays of his day.  I replicate this broadside .  It is for sale in my Etsy Store at the following link:  Click here to purchase from my Etsy Store

Wesley wrote, “This is dear-bought gain. And so is whatever is procured by hurting our neighbour in his soul; by ministering, suppose, either directly or indirectly, to his unchastity, or intemperance, which certainly none can do, who has any fear of God, or any real desire of pleasing Him. It nearly concerns all those to consider this, who have anything to do with taverns, victualling-houses, opera-houses, play-houses, or any other places of public, fashionable diversion. If these profit the souls of men, you are clear; your employment is good, and your gain innocent; but if they are either sinful in themselves, or natural inlets to sin of various kinds, then, it is to be feared, you have a sad account to make. O beware, lest God say in that day, “These have perished in their iniquity, but their blood do I require at thy hands!”

This playbill image is small so it may be a little hard to read here, so I have included its transcription below:

By command of the King of Kings, (a) and at the desire of all who love his appearing, (b) at the Theatre of the universe, (c) on the eve of time, (d) will be performed, The great assize, or day of judgment. (e) The Scenery, which is now actually preparing, will not only surpass every Thing that has yet been seen, but will infinitely exceed the utmost Stretch of human Conception (f). There will be a just Representation of all the Inhabitants of the World, in their various and proper Colours; and their Customs and Manners will be so exactly and so minutely delineated, that the most secret Thought will be discovered (g). For God shall bring every Work into Judgment, with every secret Thing, whether it be Good, or whether it be evil. Eccles. xii. This Theatre will be laid out after a new Plan, and will consist of Pit and Gallery only; and, contrary to all others, the Gallery is fitted up for the Reception of the People of high (or heavenly) Birth (h), and the Pit for those of low (or earthly) Rank (i). – N. B. The Gallery is very spacious (k), and the Pit without Bottom (l). To prevent Inconvenience, there are separate Doors for admitting the Company; and they are so different, that none can mistake that are not wilfully blind. The Door which opens into the Gallery is very narrow, and the Steps up to it are somewhat difficult; for which Reason there are seldom many People about it (m). But the Door that gives Entrance into the Pit is very wide, and very commodious; which causes such Numbers to flock to it, that it is generally crowded (n). – N. B. The strait Door leads towards the Right-Hand, and the broad one to the Left (o). It will be in vain for one in a tinsel’d Coat and borrowed Language to personate one of high Birth, in order to get Admittance into the upper Places (p); for there is One of wonderful and deep Penetration, who will search and examine every individual (q); and all who cannot pronounce Shibboleth (r) in the Language of Canaan (s), or has not received a white Stone and new Name (l), or cannot prove a clear Title to a certain Portion of the Land of Promise (u), must be turned in at the left Door (w). The Principal Performers Are described in 1 Thess. iv. 16. – 2 Thess. i. 7, 8, 9. – Matt. xxiv. 30, 31. – xxv. 31, 32. – Daniel vii, 9, 10. – Jude 14. 15. – Rev. xx. 12 to 15, &c. But as there are some People much better acquainted with the Contents of a Play-Bill than the Word of God, it may not be amiss to transcribe a Verse or two for their Perusal. “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with his mighty Angels, in flaming Fire, taking Vengeance on them that obey not the Gospel, ” but “to be glorified in his Saints. A fiery Stream issued and came forth from before him: A thousand thousands ministred unto him, and ten thousand Times ten thousand stood before him: The Judgment was set, and the Books were opened; and whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” Act First of this Grand and Solemn Piece Will be opened by an Arch-Angel, with the Trump of God (x). For the Trumpet shall sound, and the Dead shall be raised. 1 Cor. xv. 52. Act Second Will be a Procession of Saints in White (y), with Golden Harps, accompanied with Shouts of Joy, and Songs of Praise (z). Act Third Will be an Assemblage of all the Unregenerate (a). The Music will consist chiefly of Cries (b), accompanied with Weeping, Wailing, Mourning, Lamentation, and Woe (c). To conclude with an Oration by the Son of God. It is written in the 25th of Matthew, from the 34th Verse to the End of the Chapter; but for the Sake of those who seldom read the Scriptures, I shall here transcribe two Verses: “then shall the King say to them on his Right-Hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the Foundation of the World: Then shall he say also unto them on the Left-Hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting Fire, prepared for the Devil and his Angels.” After which the Curtain will drop, Then, O to tell! John v. 28, 29. – – Some raised on high, and others dom’d to Hell! Rev. v. 8, 9. – xiv. 3, 4. – – These praise the Lamb, and sing redeeming Love, Luke xvi. 22, 23. – – Lodg’d in his Bosom, all his Goodness prove:-xix. 14, 27. – – While those who trumpled under-foot his Grace Matt. xxv. 30. – 2 Thess. i. 9. – Are banish’d now for ever from his Face; Luke xvi. 26. – – Divided thus, a Gulph is fix’d between, Matt. xxv. 46. – – And (everlasting) closes up the Scene. Thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. Amos iv. 12. Tickets for the Pit, at the easy Purchase of following the vain Pomps and Vanities of the fashionable World, and the Desires and Amusements of the Flesh (d): To be had at every Flesh-Pleasing Assembly. If ye live after the Flesh ye shall die. Rom. viii. 13. Tickets for the Gallery at no less Rate than being converted (e), Forsaking all (f). Denying Self, taking up the Cross (g) and following Christ in the Regeneration (h): To be had no where but in the Word of God, and where that Word appoints. He that hath Ears to hear let him hear. And be not deceived: God is not mocked. For whatsoever a Man soweth, that shall he also reap. – Matt. xi. 15. – Gal. vi. 7. N. B. No Money will be taken at the Door (i), nor will any Tickets give Admittance into the Gallery, but those sealed by the Holy Ghost (k), with Immanuel’s Signet (l). Watch therefore; be ye also ready; for in such an Hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh. Matt. xxiv. 42, 44.

Northwest Colonial Festival

Look for my books in the library of the George Washington Inn in Washington State.  Their library contains one of our 1767 Isaac Watts Hymnals, our 1733 New Testament, a pocket size “History of ye Old & New Testaments in Cutts” book and John Playford’s Psalter.  Dig around a bit and you will find many of the 18th century pamphlets that we replicate.  The Inn also sells copies of our modern bound 1733 New Testaments in their gift shop.  The George Washington Inn is a B & B owned by Dan Abbott and is located at 939 Finn Hall Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362.  The following link will take you to their web site: Click Here

They have an 18th century event on site every year called the

Northwest Colonial Festival

This year’s festival will take place from August 9 – August 12, 2018.   

Click the following link to learn more about this event:  Click Here

John Wesley Got Saved

This Day in History: May 24th 1738 John Wesley got saved. “John Wesley feels his ‘heart strangely warmed’ when he hears a reading of the preface to Luther’s commentary on Romans at London’s Aldersgate Chapel. The event turned him into a soul-winner and essentially launched the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day and a Church service is generally held on the preceding Sunday.”


John Playford’s Psalter

You may like John Playford’s Psalter that I replicate.  It was difficult to find the original that we scanned.  We ended up finding it in Germany.  It would be interesting to know the path that it traveled from England in the 1700s to get to Germany where we purchased it, then to America where I scanned it and now to you, and to 18th century events all over the place.  Learn more about this book on our web page at the following link:  Click Here

Don Drewry: Divine Service @ Fort Harrod 10 am on June 24th 2018

Don Drewry will be leading the upcoming Divine Service at Fort Harrod, Kentucky at 10 am on June 24th 2018.
My ancestors were on their way to this fort in April 1780 and were ambushed in the before dawn hours. Most were massacred or taken as slaves and sold in Detroit. This event is know as the Westervelt or Westerfield Massacre.

Divine Service at Sycamore Shoals, May 20th, 2018

These are photos taken during the Divine Service at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Tennessee on May 20 2018.  They were taken by different people including Randy Curde, Chenoa Patton, Retha Reece, Chad Bogart, & Melodie Daniels.

Frank Jarboe, aka Parson John, was leading the service.  Eric P Scities leading the music, & Daniel, Noah, and Joshua are on the strings.