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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism
			
             STATUS OF METHODISM AND CHRISTIANITY.               11 

Nov. 11, 1739.  His first watchnight service was held in Bristol, Dec-
ember 31, 1740.  His first Methodist Conference was held in London
June 24, 1744, consisting of John Wesley, and four other ordained
English clergymen, viz., John Hodges, Henry Piers, Samuel Taylor
and John Meriton; and four lay preachers, viz., Thomas Richards,
Thomas Maxwell, John Bennett and John Downs.
    In 1758, Nathaniel Gilbert, Speaker of the General Assembly, of
Antigua, West India, was in England, Wandsworth. He had his
slave with him. All of them heard Rev. John Wesley preach; they
were convicted and converted, and Wesley says in his Journal, Novem-
ber 29th, 1758: "I rode to Wandsworth and baptized two negroes
belonging to Mr. Gilbert, a gentleman lately from Antigua. One of
them is deeply convicted of sin, the other rejoiced in God, her Savior
and is the first African Methodist I have known," but "shall meet
our Lord in due time and have these heathen for his inheritance."
    On his return to the island, 1759, Mr. Gilbert started a class
among the slaves, and was the first Class-leader among colored people
in the world. He continued his work until 1774 and then fell asleep
in Jesus.
    The Society, in 1787, had sixty members, and the two women
converted in England continued the meetings for eleven years. They
were blessed of God. I wish I knew their names, I would give them
to posterity.
    The first Missionary to the negroes was John Baxter, from Can-
ada, 1783. He remained with the Antigua congregation for some
time. Dr. Thomas Coke was shipwrecked and found him on the
Island December 25, 1787 and ordained him a Deacon and an Elder,
then he was the first Elder in the West Indies.
    The Rev. Cornelius Winters was the first regular preacher to a
congregation of colored Methodists in the world.
    The West Indies was given over to the Missionary Society of
England, and the American Church had no work until the time of
President Boyer, who invited the Negroes of America to come and
live in the West Indies and help build up the Negro Government.
    A large number went from the United States from Bethel Church,
Philadelphia, Pa., and organized the St. Peter's A. M. E. Church.




			
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Budget Containing the Status of Methodism at the Second Ecumenical Conference of Methodism


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