Christian Advocate

Founded in 1830, this was the first British Methodist newspaper. It angered the WM leadership by attacking Bunting's alleged vote for a pro-slavery candidate in the 1832 election. Its editor John Stephens (brother of J.R. Stephens) became a Wesleyan Reformer and the paper openly sided with Samuel Warren (1834-36). It also suffered through its more discreet support of the editor's brother, since WR was not over-sympathetic to factory reform. Two changes of editor made it less Methodist-centred, but did not improve its fortunes, and it merged with the Patriot in 1839.

  • Benjamin Gregory, Side Lights on the Conflicts of Methodism (1898) pp.129-32

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