We must now record the commencement of a mission to the Norman Isles, now more commonly called the Channel Islands, being situated in the British Channel. They are within sight of the coast of Normandy, in France, from which they are but a few miles distant. Some sailors from Guernsey, one of the principal islands of the group, had attended some meetings of extraordinary power, in the Primitive Methodist chapel, at South Shields, where a revival of religion was progressing —and being favourably impressed, were wishful for a missionary to be sent to their native island. A great revival of religion had happily occurred in the neighbouring town of Sunderland and its vicinity, and that circuit was therefore able to undertake a new mission, especially as its mission in Edinburgh had been transferred to another circuit. Sunderland and South Shields Circuit agreed to send a missionary to the Islands in question, — and Mr George Cosens, a native of the West Indies, and a person of colour was selected for the purpose.
From, ‘The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origin, by John Petty, 1860, p248