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Robert Emmett (d.1818)

Robert Emmett of Halifax in Yorkshire, was converted by Methodist preachers in about 1773 and joined the society. He was quickly appointed to be a class leader and played a very active role in other regards, such as establishing prayer meetings in outlying villages.

Emmett's memoir in the Arminian Magazine states that his chief failing was a warmness of temper, which could lead to the feeling that he was harsh. His business and family dealings were however fair and he was very keen to promote religion among his employees. His generosity to the poor was well-known and he made several bequests in his will to deserving individuals. Emmett had a particular interest in the Benevolent Society for the Relief of the Indigent Sick.

He died on February 11 1818 after a severe illness. He was married twice and had a number of children, one of whom, Robert junior (b.1789) became a Wesleyan itinerant.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1818,756-760  

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