"My aim has been chiefly to present two aspects of Wesley's life history. The first of these embraces his earlier career, in which
prominence is given to those events and circumstances which in so remarkable a way prepared him for his great work--a preparation
which cannot, without doing violence to its teaching, be regarded as other than providential.A second object aimed at has been to set forth the one chief purpose for which I believe Wesley was raised up, and to fulfil which he
was especially qualified namely, his evangelistic appeal to the heart and conscience of this nation."
(From the Preface of the book)