Life of Howell Harris (1714-1773)

posted May 28, 2010, 7:38 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated May 16, 2014, 3:35 AM ]
I sometimes think of how difficult it must have been for poor Howell Harris, trying to set himself up as a proto-Methodist holy man, but still living with his mother and working out of her house in Trefecca, near Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border.
 
It reminds me of the Life of Brian, the mythical Jewish lad born in the stable next to Jesus, whose life was a comic parallel to that of the Messiah, as portrayed in the classic Monty Python film from 1979.  I suppose this is what it was like for Howell Harris too:
 
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