Brettle, Elias an English Methodist minister, was born at Carleton, Nottinghamshire. He was converted at sixteen; made a local preacher at eighteen; was sent to Newfoundland by the Wesleyan Missionary Committee in 1848 labored in that island from 1848 to 1865; preached thereafter at Windsor and Amherst, N.S., Sackville, N.B., Greysborough, Digby, and Newport; was for several years chairman of district, and in 1877 was elected to the presidency of the Nova Scotia Conference. In 1879 he became asupernumerary, and settled at Avondale, N.S., where he died, December 9, 1881, Mr. Brettle was a painstaking and faithful minister. "The beauty and force ofa holy life shone forth in every word, and beamed in every look." See The Wesleyan, December 16, 1881; February 10 and 17, 1882.