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Sarah Boyce [nee Mallet] (c.1764-c.1843)

Sarah Boyce [nee Mallet] was converted under Methodist influence at the age of seventeen and began to preach early in 1786. She worked chiefly in East Anglia but also travelled elsewhere. She accompanied John Wesley during a visit to Norwich and corresponded with him several times.

Boyce was subject to trances and felt under a strong conviction to preach the word of God. Despite the restrictions placed on women preachers after Wesley's death, correspondence preserved in the Methodist Archives proves that she was openly preaching, often in Methodist chapels, to within a few years of her death.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995) and Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC)

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