A Cornishman, he made his first acquaintance with John Wesley when he helped to protect him from a mob near Penzance. Some months later, under Methodist influence, he found pardon at a communion service. Wesley encouraged him to preach in 1751 and the 1754 Conference made him a full-time itinerant. He continued to travel until 1779. He experienced considerable mob violence in various circuits and was forcibly taken for a soldier near Truro but later released by the magistrate.