I appointed several earnest and sensible men to meet me, to whom I showed the great difficulty I had long found of knowing the people desired to be under my care. After much discourse, they all agreed there could be no better way to come to a sure, thorough knowledge of each person than to divide them into classes, like those at Bristol, under the inspection of those in whom I could most confide. This was the origin of our classes at London, for which I can never sufficiently praise God, the unspeakable usefulness of the institution having ever since been more and more manifest.

–John Wesley, Journal, April 25, 1742.

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