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William Percival (d.1803)

William Percival entered the itinerancy in 1773 at which time he was described as a 'young man'. According to his Conference obituary, before his conversion, Pecival had been 'ignorant and wicked'.

Percival exercised an active circuit ministry for thirty years, mainly in the northwest of England, indicating that he was possibly native to the region. His final circuit was Rochdale (1802-03) where he suffered a stroke. This had followed several years of poor health, brought on according to his obituary, by his 'uncommonly rapid way of speaking'. He died on February 8th 1803, leaving a pregnant widow and ten small children.

Percival is described as possessing a lively preaching style and friendly pastoral manner.

Source: BRD 1/18 (MARC), Minutes of Conference 1803 and An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Preachers...1739-1818, compiled by Kenneth Garlick

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