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William Griffith (1777-1860)

William Griffith was converted as a young man under Methodist influence. He commenced Christian work in 1801 when he attached himself to the 'Community' in London, an association formed for outreach among the poor and especially for visiting workhouses.

In 1808 he was persuaded by Dr Thomas Coke to offer himself for missionary work and subsequently served three years in Gibraltar.

On his return to England in 1811, he entered circuit work and served in the south of England until superannuation in 1850. He spent his remaining years in Bristol.

Griffith's son of the same name, was expelled from the ministry in 1849 for his involvement in the movement for Wesleyan reform.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1860 and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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