A tailor, born at Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham, he was converted in London in 1741 and joined the Foundery society, where, at John Wesley's request, he undertook domestic duties. In 1742 he accompanied Charles Wesley on his first visit to Newcastle upon Tyne. A journey on foot with Thomas Meyrick to Cornwall exposed him to physical danger, weakened his health and left him penniless. In 1749 he returned to Newcastle, where he became keeper of John Wesley's books at the Orphan House for the rest of his life.
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