Harvey Walklate Mortimer (1753-1819)
Harvey Walklate Mortimer was born at Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire. He was converted by the preaching of the Wesleyan itinerant John Hilton in 1770 and moved to London soon after. Mortimer went on to occupy some of the most responsible lay positions in the London Society, including steward, chapel trustee and treasurer. He became a close friend of John Wesley, who regarded him as a shining example of what a lay official should be like.
Mortimer's second wife was the famous female Methodist Elizabeth Ritchie. He was a leading supporter of the link with the Church of England and it was no coincidence that it was shortly after he died that Methodist itinerants were permitted to read the prayers at City Road Chapel for the first time.
Source: City Road Chapel, London, and its Associations, by George J. Stevenson (London 1872), 153 and 554-555.