Copy letter from Jos[eph] Butterworth, Fleet Street [London], to Lord [Robert] Hobart

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Butterworth writing on behalf of the 'Methodist Committee'. Importance of religious liberty (particularly given current situation in Europe). Importance of allowing religious freedom in the army and cites example of the flogging of two Methodist soldiers recently for practicing their Methodist beliefs undermines such freedom. Encloses copy (not extant) of Coke's 1798 account of mission to West Indies and expresses how their work continues in the islands generally well and unhindered. Recent problems in Jamaica, particularly since the passing of an act in 1803 to limit preaching. John Campbell refused a license to preach (in breach of Act of Toleration) and subsequently imprisoned. Also Dan[ie]l Campbell apprehended for preaching and his British license not recognised leading to his imprisonment. Dissenters also being refused licenses. Criticises wording of 1803 act and its interpretation and implementation. Advantages of preaching to 'Negroes'. Cites examples how Methodist elsewhere (Ireland and Guernsey) have been staunch supporters of the Crown. Asks for Crown to overrule and repeal Jamaican act of 1803.

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