HENLEY, John. b. Torquay, Devon, 18 March 1800; d. Weymouth, Dorset, 2 May 1842. Henley was born ‘of respectable and pious parents’ (Avery, 1856, p. 1), and became deeply attached to the Wesleyan Methodists, for whom he became a preacher. He was attached to the circuit at Dunster, Somerset in 1824, where in October 1825 he received an experience of grace: ‘Instantly I believed God had done the work [of salvation], and I felt a calm, a joy, a peace spread through my soul, such as I never felt before and such as I cannot convey an idea of’ (Avery, p. 62).
He then served as a Wesleyan Methodist minister at Witney (1826-28), Sherborne/ Yeovil (1828-30), Lancaster (1830-32), Derby (1832-35),...
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