The Life of Howell Harris
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Howel Harris, with Daniel Rowland, were two of the Great Awakening's pioneer preachers, who laid the foundations of the Calvinistic Methodist movement in Wales. Whereas Daniel Rowland ministered mainly in one place, at Llangeitho, Howel Harris, who was never ordained, itinerated all over Wales as a lay 'exhorter' from his home in Trevecca. During his varied activities he established the controversial Christian community at Trevecca. He co-operated with the Countess of Huntingdon in establishing a college to train students for the Christian ministry and set up societies all over the principality. His life was not without controversy however, and a rift developed between him and Daniel Rowland, which had an adverse effect upon the revival for some years; but Harris, without a doubt, was a man greatly used by God in the furtherance of the gospel during the 18th century revival in Wales. He died in 1773 and, according to the Countess of Huntingdon, his funeral was attended by 20,000 people, surely revealing a nation's esteem of this great man. The author of this volume, Rev. Hugh Joshua Hughes, was born in Swansea in 1846, and lived a long and busy life, dying at the age of 91 in 1937. He appears to have been one of the denomination's early historians, and was deeply interested in Howel Harris. This biography was originally published in 1892.