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Thomas Hall Squance (1790-1868)

Thomas Hall Squance was born in Exeter. He was converted at the age of fifteen and two years later became a local preacher. He entered the Methodist ministry in 1812 and a year later was appointed to travel to India with Dr Thomas Coke.

Squance preached the first Methodist sermon in Asia, an occasion which saw the conversion of the commander of the British garrison in Ceylon. He worked in India and Ceylon until 1822 when he was compelled to return home on account of his health.

After his return to England, Squance laboured as a circuit minister until poor health forced him to become a supernumary in 1862.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1868 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860 edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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