The "Branch" system was a form of multiplication by budding. The Primitive Methodist historian H. B. Kendall notes that
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The Home Branch, as it was called, exercised rights of jurisdiction and government over the most distant branch, while for local purposes that branch had all the rights of initiative and independence …
This system ensured the certainty of competent advisers being available for every emergency - of financial help when required - and of the constant supply and frequent interchange of suitable preachers. Then when the branch had proved itself
capable of self-government, it was let go with a blessing.
Thus William Clowes records that in March, 1826, “it was ascertained that from the fruitful mother, Hull, twenty-one circuits had been made, with 8,455 members; and that with the venerable parent there remained 3,541; consequently, from January 12, 1819, the day when I began the Hull mission, a period of seven years and two months, the Hull circuit alone had raised up in the Primitive Methodist Connexion 11,996 souls! Hosannah! Hosannah!”
- Multiplication by budding
- History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, Kendal, page 21