JOHN HOSKINS IN OLD PERLICAN, TRINITY BAY

Hoskins' account is part of the typical testimonial literature prevalent among Methodists of the time and was published in the primary outlet for such witnessing during the outgoing eighteenth century, The Arminian Magazine. Hoskin's presence in the Trinity Bay outport resembles a typical example of the lay preacher with another profession, in his case that of a teacher. Historically significant, however, is that the attempt to have him ordained by the Bishop of London and the bishop's subsequent refusal represent an important stepping stone in the eventual separation of Methodism from the Anglican church. His case was cited repeatedly as an example, when American Methodists, in a mixture of desperation and independence, took independent steps towards the ordinations of their clergy.


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