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Charles Manning (1715-1799)

Charles Manning was born in Norwich, the son of a painter, Edmund Manning. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School and Gaius College Cambridge from where he graduated in 1736.

After ordination into the Church of England, Manning was appointed Vicar of the Middlesex parish of Hayes in 1739. Manning was closely associated with the Wesleys from 1742 and the bothers often preached in his church. He attended the conferences of 1747 and 1748 and despite some local opposition, his own parochial ministry was very successful. It has been suggested that he officiated at John Wesley's marriage in 1751 but there is little evidence for this surmise.

Manning left his parish in 1757 and disappeared thereafter from the Methodist record. Manning was married to Elizabeth Baker, daughter of the previous Vicar of Hayes.

Source: Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses to 1751 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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