A Clergyman's Opinion

Primitive Physick: or An Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Diseases is one of the more fascinating manuscripts within the collection, if only for the plethora of marginalia.  Written by John Wesley, the famous English clergyman and founder of Methodism, the work contains handwritten annotations from what appears to be at least two other writers

It's not too surprising that this type of work was not typical within Wesley’s canon.  However, it reflected the effect religion would have on the rising trend of pseudo-science, as this particular work focused on the practical side of science.

The work is filled with “home remedies,” making the science (particularly medical) field more accessible to the common man.  For someone like Wesley, physical health was closely linked to spiritual health.

This edition, the tenth, was printed in Bristol in 1762 by William Pine.