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Richard Rodda (1743-1815)

Richard Rodda was born into a poor family in Sanscreed, Cornwall. His mother and sister were converted by the Methodists and Rodda followed suit at the age of fifteen. He worked as a tin miner and was at one point press-ganged into the Navy but was released through the good offices of a Quaker friend.

Rodda began to preach and entered the itinerancy in 1769 after being introduced to John Wesley. His active circuit ministry of thirty-three years was exercised mainly in the south and west and was characterised by great hardship.

He superannuated because of declining health in 1802 and spent the rest of his life in London.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1816 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860 edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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