Sunday, February 20, 2011
Renouncing the Methodists
Sun 20 Feb 1785: I preached in Spitalfields Church in the morning and, in the afternoon, at St. Ethelburga’s and, in the evening, in the New Chapel. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I visited the residue of the sick and poor. Friday 25, I received letters from the preachers, stewards, and leaders at Plymouth Dock, informing me that William Moore had renounced the Methodists, hired a place to preach in, and drawn away about forty of our members to form a society for himself. They therefore begged I would come down as soon as possible to quench the kindling fire. I saw no time was to be lost and therefore immediately took places in the Exeter Diligence.