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Diaries of William Spencer(24 April–29 May; 4 June–1 August,1790)

  • MS 1937.2
  • Microfilm: M-50
  • 2 vols. (bound as one, [40 and 86] pp.)

Diaries of William Spencer (b. 1764), a Methodist circuit rider on the Williamsburg circuit, extending from Richmond (Henrico County) to Hampton; and the Surry circuit, including Surry and Sussex counties. Gives the locations where he preached, his reception by congregations, and accounts of his personal spiritual life. The diaries were written as a homily for future generations. Prominent early Methodists mentioned included Stephen Davis, Ira Ellis, James O’Kelly, and John Robinson. Spencer lists many of the homes and churches where he preached, including: Clayton’s Meetinghouse; Ellis Chapel, Sussex County; Lane’s Chapel, Sussex County; and Watkins Meetinghouse, Henrico County.

For publication of some portions, see Virginia United Methodist Heritage, III, (Fall, 1975).