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John Bray (fl.1738)

John Bray was an associate of the Wesleys during the early days of the Revival and it was at Bray's home in London that Charles Wesley was converted in May 1738. Little is known about Bray except that he was a poor uneducated layman, possessed of a deep religious faith. A brazier by trade, his house in the district of the city known as Little Britain was the centre for early Methodist/Moravian activities until it was superseded by the Fetter Lane meeting room.

Bray, who seems to have been a rather volatile man, clashed with the Wesleys over the issue of 'Stillness' and contact with them ceased in May 1740. He remained within the Moravian influenced Fetter Lane Society for a short time but disputed with them also and left in August 1742. After his business collapsed, Bray left the area and disappears from the historical record.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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