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Joseph Bradford (c.1741-1808)

Joseph Bradford was born possibly at Blandford in Dorset. He entered the itinerancy in 1773 and after serving circuits in Cornwall and Bristol, accompanied John Wesley for several years as his companion and secretary. After falling ill in 1781, Bradford returned to the circuit ministry before resuming travelling with Wesley from 1787 until the Methodist leader's death.

Bradford was a member of the committee which drew up the Plan of Pacification in 1795 and served as President of Conference that same year and again in 1803. He also served as Governor of Kingswood School from 1798 to 1801. Bradford appears to have been suffering from mental instability in the period just prior to his death.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995) and An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Preachers&, compiled by Kenneth Garlick (1975)

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