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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Advice to Women on Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience

Advice to Women on Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience

(p.248) 38 Advice to Women on Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience
Early Evangelicalism

Mary Fletcher

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This chapter presents excerpts from Mary Fletcher's Jesus, Altogether Lovely: Or a Letter to Some of the Single Women in the Methodist Society (1766). Fletcher was one of the most influential Methodist women of the eighteenth century. Mary wed John William Fletcher, vicar of Madeley, on November 12, 1781, and together they sustained a dynamic ministry in Madeley witnessing to the colliers and lower ranks in the parish. When John died of a fever in August 1785, Mary continued her ministry at Madeley. In her letter, Mary offered advice to single women on the subjects of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

Keywords:   ministry, parish, Mary Fletcher, John William Fletcher, Madeley, letter, single women, chastity, poverty, obedience

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