Barber, John (2)

Barber, John an English Wesleyan minister, was bporn in Kinder, Derbyshire, Dec. 16, 1757. He was converted in 1778, and in 1782 was taken from his business as a weaver, and appointed by Wesley to the Birmringham Circuit. He subsequently labored on the Huddersfield, Manchester, London, and Bristol (1814) circuits. As a leading member of the Committee of Privileges, he was largely instrumental in saving the Methodist societies from the subversion of their religious liberty contemplated in a lill introduced in the House of Lords. He died in Bristol, April 28, 1816, being then for the second time president of the Conference. Barber's piety, sympathy, independence, and zeal for God and the truth were conspicuous. There was probably none more intimately acquainted with the doctrines and usages of Methodism. See Wesleyan Meth. Mag. 1818, p. 241, 321; Smith, Hist. of Meth. ii, 540; 3, 4; Minutes of the British Conference, 1816;, Wesleyan. Takings (Lond. 1841), i, 299.

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