By A. Culley

British Women's lifestyles Writing, 1760-1840 brings jointly for the 1st time quite a lot of print and manuscript resources to illustrate women's leading edge method of self-representation. It examines canonical writers, comparable to Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, and Helen Maria Williams, among others.

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She left the vicarage and moved into a nearby house, but found herself in an unorthodox position, continuing her work into the 1840s despite the Methodist Conference’s prohibitions against women preachers from 1803. She also considered herself as a member of the Church of England notwithstanding Methodism’s secession in 1795. She established Madeley as a site of pilgrimage for those wishing to visit the parish of the Fletchers, Life Writing of Early Methodist Women 35 attended missionary, temperance, and sewing meetings, visited the sick and aided the poor into her sixties.

25 Fletcher frequently suggests she was dependent on Ryan, as she notes ‘while she was alive I considered her as a mother & like the other young women desired her to alot me my Rules & imployment, or at least to assist me in the choice of them’ (III, 1). As a consequence, in the aftermath of Ryan’s death she comments that sometimes ‘I lost my way & knew not were or what I was for about too year’ (III, 9). In contrast to Rizzo’s model, Fletcher generally configures her relationship to Ryan as maternal rather than conjugal.

49 The Methodist ‘love feast’ provides a clear example of this community of feeling in which faith was transmitted from heart to heart in an atmosphere of heightened emotionalism. The ‘feast’ combined spiritual conversation and a shared meal and often resulted in collective conversions accompanied by trembling, crying, and fainting. Methodist Hester Ann Rogers’ description of a Dublin ‘feast of love’ in 1784 is typical of participants’ accounts: After several, who spoke with great freedom and simplicity, a poor penitent besought us with tears to pray for her.

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