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George Bell (?-1807)

George Bell was born at Borningham in County Durham and served for a time in the Life Guards regiment of the British army. He was converted in 1758 while living in London and gained a reputation at the Foundery for holiness and powerful extempore prayers. Wesley believed that Bell possessed the power to heal but grew uncertain about his other rather extravagent claims. He left Methodism in 1763 after his prophecy that the world would end on February 28, caused considerable hysteria in London.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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