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Sarah Lawrance (1756-1800)

Sarah Lawrance was the neice of John Wesley's housekeeper Sarah Ryan, one of a circle of female Methodists that included Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher and Sarah Crosby.

Lawrance was raised from a very early age in the orphanage established by Bosanquet-Fletcher, a women with whom she enjoyed virtually a mother-daughter relationship. She was effectively converted by the age of ten and was accepted into the Leeds Methodist Society at the age of eighteen. A year later she was confirmed into the Church of England.

Lawrance spent much of her life within the Bosanquet-Fletcher household where she played a very active role in the work of the Methodist Societies. She had a particular gift for working with children and was accustomed to exhort and pray in public. Lawrance enjoyed a considerable reputation for saintliness of character.

Source: Methodist Magazine 1803, 160-167, and unpublished "Account of Sarah Lawrance" by Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher in the Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC)

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