ENGLAND in the
time of John Wesley was a country of small towns and villages.
Roads were few and bad, and means of intercommunication primitive
and mostly expensive. There was, therefore, an isolation and
remoteness about provincial life which we in these times find it
difficult to realise. But the majority of the inhabitants of
Great Britain lived in these same self-contained and unchanging
townlets; and this story is written to illustrate the rise of
Methodism, by showing how that great movement came to a
representative small borough, and how it affected the lives,
characters, and interests of the inhabitants.