Manchester - Christopher Hopper (1749)

"Next day I rode to Manchester and preached that evening in a little garret beside the riverside. The congregation multiplied every meeting. On the Sabbath day, the old place would not contain them. The multitude was impatient to hear. The old wooden house shook under us and put the congregation in confusion. Many trembled and some believed. The next evening they procured me a Baptist meeting house. The place was crowded. They heard with attention. Many were awakened and joined themselves to seek and worship God. They immediately bought a piece of ground and laid the foundation of their first preaching house."

'The Lives of Early Methodist Preachers' by Thomas Jackson, Volume 1, page 201.

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