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38 After further hesitation, he even welcomed the un-Anglican innovation of women preachers. Other religious groups had sponsored preaching by women, but the practice had generally fallen into disrepute. However, again on his mother's advice and early example and influenced by the rational arguments and the accomplishments of gifted women themselves, Wesley encouraged their work. Several factors inherent in Methodism contributed to leadership by women. The movement minimized scriptural injunctions and cultural limitations on their roles.

28 The Lord's Dominion NEWFOUNDLAND Within the future Dominion of Canada, the first Methodist mission began in the fishing outports of Newfoundland with the arrival of Laurence Coughlan at Conception Bay in 1766. An Irish convert from Roman Catholicism, Coughlan had served as a Wesleyan travelling lay preacher in England and Ireland from 1755 to 1764. He left the connexion after Wesley refused to accept his ordination at the hands of the notorious Greek emigre Bishop Erasmus, but he retained his commitment to what he believed was Wesleyan evangelicalism.

He preached to both a military and a civilian Methodist audience. 43 Beginning about 1800 with the American Methodist Conference's agreement to send missionaries, the Methodists at Quebec began meeting separately. A procession of American ministers, including Joseph Sawyer, Samuel Merwin, Thomas Madden, Nathan Bangs, and Samuel Coate, paid short, haphazard, and frustratingly unrewarding visits. Bangs, who served the circuit for part of 1806, recorded, "It seemed impossible to bear up under my trials.

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