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Joshua Bryan (b.1783)

Joshua Bryan was accepted for the itinerancy by the Conference of 1808 on the recommendation of the Norwich District. He was married but had no children. His active circuit ministry was spent in England and Scotland.

In 1817 he was suspended by the Aberdeen District meeting for 'rash and criminal dissolving the Aberdeen society and publickly tearing the class papers; and in acting irregularly, imprudently and culpably in several other instances'. Bryan was subsequently reproved and admonished by the Conference and was temporarily barred from holding the office of Superintendent.

The Conference of 1822 suspended Bryan for one year for writing two libellous pamphlets and improper conduct with a young woman of Cambourne. The following year's Conference heard from the Exeter District that Bryan had not attended class or communion at all during the previous year and that he had preached several times in dissenting chapels. As he manifested no remorse for his conduct, Bryan was expelled from the Connexion.

Source: Manuscript List of Preachers accepted by the Conference 1803-32 (MARC) and manuscript Conference Journals 1817, 1822 and 1823 (MARC)

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