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The Wesleys and the Ustickes

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The below footnote tells an interesting account from 1746 of one of my ancestor’s attempt to arrest a Wesley brother (the founders of Methodism). As clergy in the Church of England and members of the establishment, my family were natural enemies of the Wesleys. (William Usticke is also my son’s name.)

William Usticke, J.P., of Leah, or Leigha, St. Buryan. At Trevallard, July 25, 1746, Charles Wesley writes:

I was led undesignedly to pray for our drunken persecutor. . . . I had left my hymn-book in my chamber, and stepped up for it. One came after me with news that Mr. Eustick [Usticke] was just coming to take me up. I went down to the congregation, but my friend Eustick was gone, without beating man, woman, or child. He only asked if Mr. Wesley was there, for he had a warrant to apprehend him; went out at the other door, and told those he met he had been searching ail the house for Wesley, but could not find him. We supposed he had not got sufficient courage, i.e. drink, for his purpose, and expected his return. To make the devil a liar, I began preaching an hour before the appointed time. . . .

In the courtyard Charles preached again on ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?’ which he calls a two-edged sword. He concluded with the hymn, the first verse of which he gives in the Journal,

Glory and thanks and praise
To Him that hath the key!
Jesus, Thy sovereign grace
Gives us the victory;
Baffles the world and Satan’s power,
And open throws the gospel door.

One almost wonders whether Charles did not compose this specially for the occasion, as he certainly did other hymns during his Cornish tours.

Family Web Site Updated

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

After a long hiatus with no updates, I’ve finally made a few tweaks to our family web site.

I’ve also updated my Star Wars web site.

Camp Inquiry pics

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Saffy & Liam attended Camp Inquiry last week and had a blast. Pictures are on our photo gallery.

The parents were treated to a discussion with Dale McGowan and a presentation by James Randi. Below is a video of a card trick by The Amazing Randi.

Niagara Falls

Monday, July 26th, 2010

We visited Niagara Falls, Canada last weekend before dropping the kids off at Camp Inquiry. Pictures and videos are on our photo gallery.

(The previous weekend we were at Dexcon, so even more pics!)

July 4th pics

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Pictures (and videos!) from the Ruzzi’s 21st Annual July 4th Party have been posted to our photo gallery. Yay!

Saffy’s Spice Jar Collection

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Saffy’s spice jar collection has grown considerably since we last mentioned it.

More pics

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Added more pictures to our family gallery: August 2009 to June 2010.

Camp Inquiry

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

The kids are going to sleepaway camp this year. They’ll be at Camp Inquiry for a week next month. The camp’s mission:

This is a place where kids can be themselves. We work toward helping youth confront the challenges of living a non-theistic/secular lifestyle in a world dominated by religious belief and pseudoscience. Grounded on the conviction that kids can begin establishing habits of the good and ethical life early on, Camp Inquiry 2010 adopts a three-part focus: The arts and sciences, the skeptical perspective, and ethical character development comprise an integrated approach to this “Age of Discovery”.

The speakers list is pretty impressive and includes James Randi and Dale McGowan. I’m jealous!

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade was last weekend, and I’ve uploaded a ton of pictures. Enjoy!


Thursday, March 26th, 2009


We’ve uploaded pictures from the last several months to our gallery.