Warren, Samuel, Lld
Warren, Samuel, LL.D.
eminent in the History of English Methodism, commenced his career as a Wesleyan minister in 1802. He was a man of large ability, and occupied some of the most important circuits in England. Jealous of the rising influence of Dr. Jabez Bunting, he objected to certain features in the formation of a theological institution in 1834, and not ceasing in his opposition, he vas suspended from his ministerial functions at a special district meeting at Manchester, where he was then stationed, in October of that year. Controversial publications were issued by both parties, violent language was indulged in, an extensive agitation followed, and a large defection from the societies was the result, Dr. Warren's case exciting much sympathy. Deeming himself unconstitutionally suspended, Warren appealed to the high court of chancery, but on March 25, 1835, the lord high-chancellor denied the appeal. At the Wesleyan conference at Sheffield, in August following, Dr. Warren was expelled from the connection. Many of his sympathizers amalgamated with the Leeds secessionists, who had adopted the title of the Protestant Methodists in 1828, and assumed the name of the Wesleyan Association Methodists in 1835, and in 1857 both united in the formation of that respectable body, the United Methodist Free Church. Dr. Warren himself, becoming tired of the excitement and extremes connected with an agitation, many features of which could never have been congenial to his sober and deliberate judgment, was received into the Episcopal Church, and became the incumbent of All Souls' Church, Ancoats, Manchester, which preferment he held until his death, in 1874. Dr. Warren published, besides a number of sermons, Memoirs and Select Letters of Mrs. A. Warren (1832, 12mo): — A Digest of the Laws and
Regulations of the Wesleyan Methodists (2d ed. Lond. 1835). See Stevenson, Hist. of City Road Chapel, page 557; Adeline Waddy, Life of S.D. Waddy, D.D., page 98; Smith, Hist. of Wesl. Methodism (see supra and Appendices H-P), 3:575-606; Minutes of Conference, 1835, 7:542- 591; Jackson, Life of Robert Newton, D.D. (Lond. and N.Y. 1855), page 142 sq.