Printed by John Kershaw, 14, City Road, London, 1827
During John Wesley's lifetime, Wesley had full decision-making power among the Connexion and the annual Conference, over which he presided.
In 1763, the disciplinary relations of former Conferences were collected and published. Twenty-six years after that date, and just two years before John Wesley's passing, Wesley revised and enlarged this publication. The result was this document. A copy of this was given to every preacher on admission into 'full connexion'.
Following Wesley's death, the process started with this publication was formalized in a meeting of Wesley's preachers in 1797. The preachers approved and formalized most of the 'Minutes' and issued them as Connexion-wide rules and legislation governing Wesleyan Methodism.