ABSTRACT

American revivalist Lorenzo Dow (1777–1834) has long been identified as key to the emergence of camp meetings that led to Primitive Methodism. His visits to Ireland and England in 1799–1801, 1805–7, and 1818–19 brought conflicting responses from Wesleyanism at connexional level and much local interest in both countries. This article contends that it was his failure to cultivate alliances with any leading Wesleyan ministers and his preaching for both New Connexion and Independent Methodist churches that led to repeated Wesleyan Conference censure in England, while the support of influential itinerants in Ireland was not ultimately enough to prevent Conference disavowal there, too.

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