PAWSON, JOHN, 1737-1806.
Letter, 1800 June 28.
MANUSCRIPT NUMBER 137
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CITATION: John Pawson Letter, MSS 137, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.
John Pawson was born in England in November 1737. He became a Methodist
preacher in 1762 and was ordained by John Wesley in 1785 for ministry in
Scotland. He returned to England in 1787. After John Wesley's death, Pawson
mediated controversies concerning the administration of the
Sacraments. In 1797 he revised Wesley's Large Minutes and this revision
was accepted as the official statement of Methodist discipline. Pawson
served as President of the British Methodist Conference in 1793 and again
in 1801. He died on March 19, 1806.
This is a letter from John Pawson of Leeds to Charles Atmore of Staffordshire,
written on June 28, 1800 in response to a letter from Atmore. In the letter
Pawson mentions that one of his sermons has created some controversy. He
also comments on William Myles' Chronological History of the People Called
Methodist and on the expense of the upcoming annual conference in London.