Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Every convert: one criminal, one drunkard, one improvident, less

Horace Mann, a prominent barrister who was involved with the Religious Census of 1851, made the following comments on the effectiveness of the Primitive Methodists amongst the working classes:

“The community whose operations penetrate deeply through the lower sections of the people is the body called the Primitive Methodists, whose trespasses against what may thought a proper order will most likely be forgiven when it is remembered that perhaps their rough, informal energy is best adapted to the class to which it is addressed, and that, at all events, for every convert added to their ranks, society retains one criminal, one drunkard, one improvident, less.”

Quoted in Primitive Methodism, by Geoffrey Milburn, page 26

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