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Dorothy Downes (1730-1807)

Dorothy Downes was born in the village of West Ham, now part of London, the daughter of John Furley, a merchant trading with Holland and Turkey. Religious from a very early age, she moved to London after the death of her parents and attended on the ministry of the evangelical William Romaine.

She was befriended by the Countess of Huntingdon and introduced to the Wesleys, with whom she corresponded, and to Mary Bosanquet. From then on, her loyalties were with the Methodists. She moved to Bristol and in 1764 married the preacher John Downes.

After Downes's death in 1774, while preaching from the pulpit of London's West Street Chapel, she moved to Leeds. During the final twenty years of her life she suffered from severe ill health, which she bore with a remarkable saintliness of character.

Source: Methodist Magazine 1813, pp.217-222

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