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Agnes Bulmer: Poet of Methodist Experience

29 January 2013

Agnes Collinson Bulmer was born on August 31, 1775 in London, the third daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Collinson of Lombard Street. Her father was an early convert to Methodism while...

Methodism and the Redefinition of Religious Intolerance in England, 1688-1791

24 March 2012

This paper was presented at the 2012 American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Conference in San Antonio, TX – March 24, 2012. John Wesley at Wednesbury On October 20, 1743...

Disciplining the Self in Methodist Women’s Writing

26 January 2012

One evening I was much drawn out in prayer, and received a blessed visit from my Lord, and Master!  My soul seemed to be filled with the love of God.  Another night I walked out to...

Hunting the Wesleyan Fox?: Toleration, Sermon Preaching, and the Public Sphere

8 November 2011

I want to begin this essay with two vignettes – one from the life of the famous radical and orator John Thelwall and another from the life of Methodist founder John Wesley – two...