Scipio Africanus was a literate black freedman of African descent in London who was a correspondent of William Seward in 1739. He regularly attended meetings of evangelical societies and carried out a number of tasks for Seward during his absence from London. Lloyd describes him as the First Black Methodist, but little is known about him. He may also have been a correspondent of Charles Wesley in 1783. If it is the same man, he was then living in Sheriff Hutton in rural Yorkshire.
no.3 (2011) pp.87-95, citing William Seward's Ms Letterbook at the MARC.