Abstract

In 1773, Francis and Mary Gilbert travelled from England to Antigua to visit Francis's brother, the planter Nathaniel Gilbert III. After the couple arrived, they helped to promote one of the earliest Methodist revivals in the Caribbean. By the time the Gilberts returned to England in 1775, the island's Methodist membership had increased by more than threefold. Because it was so poorly documented, however, the revival has received little attention. This article presents a full transcription of a manuscript letter on the revival written by Mary Gilbert in August 1774 and discusses the significance of the information it contains.

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