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"METHODISM abounds in materials for many such histories,
and it is well for careful and loving hands to gather it up
while there is opportunity." So says one of the Wesleyan
Periodicals in recently reviewing a local history of Methodism.
Acting upon a similar conviction the writer of the following
pages has attempted to produce a record of the rise and progress
of Methodism in this Circuit. He has laboured under the disadvantage
of being a comparative stranger on the ground, and doubly
so in finding so few living who have any personal recollections
of Methodism in former times in these two dales. Finding,
however, that there were materials scattered about and likely
soon to perish, he has undertaken the task of putting them
together in the form herewith presented: with what success
it will be for the reader to judge. Allowance must be made
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for imperfections on the ground of having been collected
and written at broken intervals, and amidst the numerous engagements
belonging to the office of a Wesleyan Minister.
If a blessing should descend upon any one whilst perusing
these pages, - if precious memories should be awakened of
the pious dead by anything therein contained, - and if an
increased interest in the cause of Christ and the welfare
of Methodism should be created, the author will rejoice, and
give God all the praise.
Reeth, February, 1865.