The original volume of sermons by Charles Wesley was printed after his death
in 1816. However, at least seven of thirteen sermons in that volume were written
by brother John. This new critical edition brings together, for the first time,
a complete collection of twenty-three sermons written or preached by Charles
Plagiarism was not the issue it is today. While it is true that possibly nine of these sermons were copied from someone else, they are written in the handwriting of Charles. He agreed with and preached these sermons and thus they represent his theology.
Sermon #8 on Ephesians 5:14, “Awake, Thou that Sleepest” and Sermon #9 on Psalm 46:8, “The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes” are also found in the Thomas Jackson edition of The Works of John Wesley, but they are actually by Charles. Seven additional sermons will also be found among the sermons of John Wesley and were copied by Charles from his brother.
This critical edition provides the following new material not found in The Works of John Wesley:
• Six sermons transcribed from shorthand
• Five sermons from the 1816 edition. It is also possible that of the remaining five, one was copied from someone other than John.
• Three sermons in the handwriting of Charles. One of these was copied from an unnamed source.