The Renewed Moravian Church consecrates its first bishop in the person of David Nitschmann, restoring its own ministry separate from that of Nikolaus, graf von Zinzendorf. Zinzendorf sends missionaries to Britain's Georgia colony, where they will have little or no success.
John Wesley and his brother Charles lose their father (April 25) and embark in October for the Georgia colony with two other Methodists, a party of German Moravians sent by Zinzendorf and George E Oglethorpe, who had returned to England in 1734 and would not remain long at Savannah. The Simmonds encounters storms en route and John Wesley finds his fears greater than his faith. He later provoked criticism at Savannah but began the first Methodist society, and although his brother Charles soon returned to England, John remained for nearly 2 years.
Meanwhile in Swaffham, Norfolk, Robert Robinson, author of "Come Thou Fount of every blessing" and "Mighty God, while angels bless Thee", a methodist and later Strict Baptist minister was born, on September 27.