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LEWIS , JOHN ( fl. 1728-1755 ), printer and publisher .

He was a native of Radnor and is said to have been a brother of Thomas Lewis ( fl. 1731-49 ) (q.v.) , the Methodist exhorter . He was in London in 1728 and came into prominence c. 1740 as publisher to the religious societies . He found his spiritual home either in the Tabernacle , Moorfields , or in the society at Fetter Lane . It was from his office in Bartholomew Close that he began to publish The Christian's Amusement in 1740-1 , a weekly consisting mainly of letters from George Whitefield and his correspondents. This paper continued to run for some years under various names, such as The Weekly History , 1741-2 , An Account of the Progress of the Gospel , 1743-4 , and The Christian History , 1744-5 . He published many of the books written by the Methodist authors of the period. He d. 13 May 1755 , and was buried in Bloomsbury . His wife and children were Moravians .

Sources:

  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , ii-v, passim ;
  • Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society , 1893 ff , xxi, 128-30.

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959