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John Valton (1740-94)

John Valton was born in London. He was of French Roman Catholic origin and was partly educated in France. Valton became an Anglican and after learning accountancy, worked for eighteen years in army ordnance.

Valton came under Methodist influence while living in Burfleet and became a class leader. He entered the itinerancy in 1775 and was appointed by Wesley to be a member of the Legal Hundred. Ill health forced him to withdraw from the itinerancy although he continued to preach. In 1792 he wrote a pamphlet against West Indian slavery.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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