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William Constable (d.1845)

William Constable was born in St Albans in Hertfordshire and was converted under Methodist influence at an early age. He entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1806 and served for one year as a missionary on the West Indian island of St Kitts before returning to Britain and the home ministry. He spent 29 years serving circuits in England and Scotland before ill health forced his removal to the Isle of Man where he died.

Constable is referred to in correspondence deposited at the Methodist Archives as allowing women to preach in chapels under his supervision as late as the 1830s.

Source: Hill's Arrangement 1841, Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC) and Minutes of Conference 1846

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