chapter  5
‘Blessèd Jubil!’: Slavery, Mission and the Millennial Dawn in the Work of William Williams of Pantycelyn – E. Wyn James
Pages 18

In London, on 26 August 1743, a young Englishman could be seen escorting a friend into 11 Downing Street. His friend was a young Welshman who had recently arrived on a visit to the capital from his native Breconshire. e purpose of the visit was not to introduce the Welshman to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, since 11 Downing Street had not yet become the Chancellor’s o cial residence. Rather, it was for him to meet for the rst time ‘a Lady of quality’, as the Welshman would describe her in his journal.1 What bound the three together was that they had all experienced evangelical conversion a few years previously and were all becoming increasingly prominent as leaders of the Methodist Revival – part of an evangelical awakening which had begun more or less simultaneously in Wales, England, Scotland, New England and continental Europe around the 1730s,2 and which has been described as ‘an international movement of such signi cant proportions that the history of Western civilization is still permeated by its rami cations’.3