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LEWIS , MOSES ( fl. 1748-1800 ), Methodist exhorter, afterwards an Antinomian ;

son of Arthur Lewis of Fron , Brymbo, Denbs. He was one of the founders of the church in Adwy'r Clawdd and it was to his house that Peter Williams (q.v.) fled after his persecution in 1748 . He began to exhort c. 1750 . In 1751 he adhered to the party of Howel Harris (q.v.) , but soon repudiated him and refused to join his ‘Family’ at Trevecka . He became an Antinomian and established a small following in the Clwyd valley and in Caernarvonshire . He is named with Thomas Sheen (q.v.) , Thomas Meredith (q.v.) , and other prominent Antinomians , and in 1763 was referred to as one who preached the doctrines of the Relly brothers (qq.v.) . Towards the end of his life he abandoned religion altogether; he d. an ‘old man’ c. 1800 .

Sources:

  • Robert Jones (Rhoslan) , Drych yr Amseroedd , 1820, 136 ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , i, 149, 409;
  • W. Hobley , Hanes Methodistiaeth Arfon , ii, 135;
  • Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 68;
  • E. P. Jones , Methodistiaeth Galfinaidd Dinbych, 1735–1909 , 1936 , 55;
  • H. Ll. Williams , Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn Adwy'r Clawdd , 1947 , 29, 33, 39.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959