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George Wells [son of Wellsville founder William Wells] invites Finley to visit and preach in Wellsville. He remembers Finley staying with his family while riding the circuit. Wells argues that there has been a great departure from the "simplicity of the gospel" on the Western Reserve, naming the doctrine of infidelity as preached by O'Kelley and abolitionism as preached by Giddings, for leading many men to ruin. Wells believes it would be extremely helpful to have an old time church planter like Finley in the pulpit once again to counter these teachings. Abstract Number - 832
Abolition; Restoration Movement; Old Methodism; Western Reserve
Wells, George, "Letter from George Wells to James B. Finley" (1853). Finley Letters. 319.