selected ones, altered or re-made." Mr. Flesher adds: "I had thought my lack of suf¬
ficient poetic genius and taste would save me from such an appointment, but when
chosen, I was surprised, afraid, and humbled, and durst not disobey." This unquali¬
fied editor proceeded to correct and mangle over 225 hymns. It need not be added,
that few but himself have approved of his work. In his preface he remarks:—
"Knowing that Providence had not stereotyped the productions of any poet, I have freely altered
or re-made hymns from authors of different grades of talent and reputation—an important item in
strengthening the copyright."
This book, issued in 1854, may be safely described as the worst edited and most
severely mutilated collection of hymns ever published.
4. The Conference of 1882 appointed a committee to prepare an entirely new col¬
lection. This was published in 1S87, as The Primitive Methodist Hymnal, compiled
by a committee appointed by the Conference of 1SS2. It contains 1052 hymns by over
300 known authors 2nd translators [besides hymns by several that are unknown],
ranging from the earliest ages of hymnody to the present, and from the Unitarians
on the one hand, to the Latin and Greek Churches on the other. It is divided into
twelve sections, which are again subdivided: but the arrangement of subjects is more
often after the manner of the Congregationalists than that usually adopted in Metho¬
dist collections, and is the arrangement of Flesher's book simplified. It is supplied
with the usual Indices of first lines of "verses" of "texts," of "subjects," &c, and a
table of "authors and translators," with the numbers of their hymns. This last is in
addition to the names of the authors being added to the hymns throughout the book.
It is purely and intensely Methodistic, whilst in the number of its authors, in the
comprehensiveness of its subjects, in the richness of its poetry, in the care and ac¬
curacy displayed in its text, and in the designations of authorship, it has no equal in
5. Provision for the children in the Sunday schools has been made by the publi¬
cation of the Primitive Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, in 1879. It was ed-
ited bv G. Booth, M. D.. and William Beckworth It is an admirable collection, is
well edited, ana is set to suitable music. Its use is extensive.
v. United Methodist Free Churches.—1. These Churches were formed by the
amalgamation, in 1857, of several separate Societies, the members of which had for¬
merly belonged to the Wesleyan Methodist Society. The first of these was that
known as the Protestant Methodists, who, in 1827-28, came out on the Organ Ques¬
tion at Leeds. Another section was formed in 1834-35, when Dr. Samuel Warren
was expelled, the proceedings against him arising chiefly out of the formation at
that time of a Theological Institution. These two sections united to form the Wes¬
leyan-Methodist Association. They used the Wes. H. Bk. with a small Supplement
added. In 1849-50, owing to the expulsion of the Revs. James Everett, Samuel
Dunn, and William Griffith from the Wesleyan Conference, another division resulted,
and a Society designated the Wesleyan Reformers was established, which soon had
fifty thousand adherents. Mr. Everett was expelled on suspicion of having written
The Fly Sheets and Wesleyan Takings, and published them anonymously; Mr.
Dunn, for publishing The Wesley Banner, a monthly magazine, and for declining to
discontinue the work as desired bv the Conference; Mr. Griffith for reporting the
proceedings of the Conference in Tlie Wesleyan Times. The body then formed by
those who adhered to those ministers, at their Annual Delegate Meeting held in
Sheffield, in August, 1852, appointed the Rev. James Everett to prepare a new edition
of the Wes. H. Bk., with the addition of such new hymns as would replace the copy¬
right hymns which could not be used. The preface to that book is dated July 1st,
18.53. fne Supplement contained 243 hymns in addition to the hymns in the Wes. H.
Bk. In these were included the compositions of 15 authors not then in the Supple¬
ment to the Wes. H. Bk. At the end of this collection there is an index which gives
the source whence every hymn in the book is derived, together with the author's
name. The collection contains 804 hymns.
2. When the Wesleyan Methodist Association and the Wesleyan Reformers, who