Methodist history

21 December 2017

Museum of Methodism

“The saint of Methodism”, the Revd John William Fletcher, Vicar of Madeley, protégé of John Wesley, and close friend of Charles Wesley, who was involved in proposals for improving the training of Methodist preachers which were presented to the 1775 Methodist Conference. This is one of the many and wide-ranging fine illustrations in G. M. Best’s substantial and attractively bound hardback: The Cradle of Methodism 1739-2017: A history of the New Room and of Methodism in Bristol and Kingswood in the time of John and Charles Wesley (New Room Publications/Tangent Books, £25 (£22.50); 978-1-910089-60-6)

 Bristol Museum and Art Gallery(John) Wesley Addressing the Mayor and Corporation of Bristol by W. Holt Yates Titcomb, 1918, an illustration from The Cradle of Methodism. The author records that it was notable that Wesley was invited, given the divided views in Bristol on the abolition of slavery, a campaign in which Wesley was then active

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