This Ballad of Sixty-six Days was written as a tribute to the man who reportedly wrote 9000 poems and is considered the greatest hymnologist in the English language. Charles Wesley had no easy time on St. Simons, but it is hoped the Ballad will show him as a young man of conviction and honesty, also as one with whom to share a meal would have been a pleasure. Part I of the Ballad is informed by John Wesley's diaries and by the author's own experiences of life on St. Simons Island, such as being bitten by no-see-ums and watching herons and egrets fish for lunch. Part II derives from Charles Wesley's Journal covering the period of March 9, 1736 to May 12, 1736. Illustrations by Ed Cheshire.


An amazing adventure awaits all who read Bill Littleton's book, A Ballad of Sixty-six Days, the saga of Charles Wesley s sixty-six days at Frederica on St. Simons Island, and the perplexities he faced there. In Littleton s poetry, one meets a fascinating cast of characters from the drama of early Georgia history. The rhythm of the poetry urges the reader from verse to verse like a drumbeat throughout the work. One moves from episode to episode eager to discover how it all unfolds. The Ballad provides access to the man, Charles Wesley, giant among great priests and poets, in journal form. Bill Littleton deserves our gratitude for so beautifully introducing him to us. --David Ogletree, Historian, Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, Epworth by the Sea

This magnificent epic poem will warm the heart, capture the imagination and inspire the soul. Littleton recounts a compelling series of events within the brief span of sixty-six days that Charles Wesley spent on St. Simons Island in 1736. Poignantly uncovered here is the deep and pious spirit of a man who helped transform the religious culture of the world. A must read for visitors, residents, and spiritual pilgrims alike. --The Reverend Canon Douglas Renegar, Retired Rector, Christ Church, Frederica
William Harvey Littleton was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1928. A graduate of Emory University and Candler School of Theology, he earned a Ph.D. in Church History from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Littleton taught at Wesleyan College in Macon; University of the South, Sewanee, TN, while earning a master s in Sacred Theology; and Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, where he was Dean of Students and taught philosophy. Ordained in the Methodist Church in 1950, he became an Episcopal priest in 1960, serving as rector at parishes in Georgia and Texas, and as Canon Pastor of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. He retired in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia in 1993, and then served Christ Church, Frederica, St. Simons Island, as assisting priest until 2007, near the live oaks where Charles Wesley once preached. Since 1991, Father Littleton has called St. Simons his home. His love for it is reflected in his eloquent poetic form ranging from sonnet to ballad, capturing the island s exquisite beauty and rich history. Email the author at


Hardcover: 156 pages

  • Publisher: Kaufmann Publishing (August 15, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0984858199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984858194