Born: Ap­ril 29, 1847, Bed­ford­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Ju­ly 29, 1929, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land.

Buried: Pos­si­bly Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land.



At age 17, Wes­ley be­gan writ­ing for me­tro­pol­i­tan and lo­cal pa­pers. By age 22, he was spe­cial cor­res­pond­ent for the New York Times in Bue­nos Air­es, Ar­gen­ti­na, and a con­trib­u­tor to the Con­sti­tu­ci­on and In­ter­es­es Ar­gen­ti­o­nos and the Standard.

While in Bue­nos Air­es, Wes­ley was li­censed to preach by the Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Church. For a num­ber of years, he man­aged the Club Es­tran­gei­ro.

Emigrating to Am­er­ica in the ear­ly 1870s, he at­tend­ed Drew Theo­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry in Ma­di­son, New Jer­sey, and held pas­tor­ates in Mon­sey, New York; Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia; Low­ell, Mas­sa­chu­setts; and Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land.

For 10 years he was a re­gu­lar con­tri­bu­tor to Gos­pel in All Lands, the Bap­tist Un­ion and oth­er re­li­gious and se­cu­lar pa­pers.

He was ed­it­or of the Young Peo­ple’s De­part­ment of the Morn­ing Star of Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, from 1895 to around 1911.

In 1873, Wes­ley mar­ried An­gel­ete Coe of New­ark, New Jer­sey. By 1880, he was teach­ing school in Har­ring­ton, New Jer­sey. By 1900, he and his fa­mi­ly had moved to Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land, where they lived through at least 1920.


Wesley wrote 500–600 hymns, and near­ly 2,000 ar­ti­cles, chief­ly on re­li­gious and theo­lo­gic­al sub­jects. About a hun­dred of his po­ems were set to mu­sic.

Many of his ear­li­er po­ems ap­peared in the Nash­ville and New York Chris­tian Ad­vo­cate.

He al­so wrote Songs of the Heart, Steps in­to the Bless­ed Life, and a num­ber of tracts.



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