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Westley Hall (1711-1776)

Westley Hall was the son of Thomas Hall, gentleman of Salisbury. He was educated at Lincoln College Oxford from 1731 where he was a member of the Holy Club.

Hall proposed marriage to John Wesley's sister Keziah despite being secretly engaged to her sister Martha. Against her parents' approval, Martha married Hall.

Hall was ordained into the Anglican ministry and after spending some time as a curate in Gloucestershire, moved to Salisbury where he established a Methodist society.

Despite this involvement with the evangelical revival, Hall quickly began to follow his own highly unstable path. He started to espouse polygamy and deserted Martha to move to the West Indies with a mistress.

Hall appears to have repented in later life and John Wesley conducted his funeral service in 1776.

Source: A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, edited by John Vickers (2000) and Joseph Foster, Alumni Oxonienses (1891)

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