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John Furz (1717-1800)

John Furz was born in Wilton, Wiltshire. He was raised in the Church of England and was converted by the preaching of Westley Hall, brother-in-law of the Wesleys. Furz began to preach in his own home and in a private house licensed for dissenting worship. Attempts were made to curb his activities but he was supported by the Earl of Pembroke and the local mayor.

Furz entered the Wesleyan itinerancy in 1758 and served mainly in Wales and the west of England. He superannuated in 1780 after starting to suffer from mental instability and died at Bath.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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