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Charles Caspar Graves (1717-1787)

Charles Caspar Graves was born in Mickleton, Gloucestershire, a son of an antiquary.

He was educated at Magdalen College Oxford and became friendly with the Wesleys, spending three months with Charles Wesley at Stanton Harcourt.

However, two years after the Wesleys left for Georgia, Graves was removed from College on the grounds of insanity and in 1740 he was persuaded by his friends to sign a paper denouncing the Methodists.

Regardless of the denunciation, Graves maintained contact with the Wesleys and commenced an open-air preaching ministry. In 1742 he accompanied Charles Wesley to Donnington Park and later contributed to the spread of the revival in West Yorkshire.

Graves became Vicar of Ocbrook in Derbyshire and John Wesley preached in his church in 1746 and 1747. However, he turned against the Wesleys soon after and vanished from the evangelical scene.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995) and manuscript William Seward Letter Book (MARC)

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