Methodism in Antigua

This is from Captain – brother of the poet Robert- Southey’s Chronological History of the West Indies.

IN 1760 Mr Nathanial Gilbert, a Methodist, and speaker of the house of assembly in Antigua, collected a few persons in his own house for exhortation and prayer, and afterwards publicly preached the gospel to the slaves. “Amidst torrents of reproach he persevered till he had formed a society of nearly 200.”

This was the first Methodist society formed in the West Indies. Mr Gilbert continued to labour among the Negroes until his death. After his death, 2 black women continued praying and meeting with those who attended every night until the arrival of Mr Baxter in 1778.

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