Annual Metropolitan Missionary Meeting
An annual Missionary Meeting was initiated circa 1860 by Thomas Penrose. Originally the meeting was held at Bloomsbury chapel and later at Mr Spurgeon’s Baptist Tabernacle.
In the 1880’s the Primitive Methodist Magazine published a series of portraits of lay chairmen of the Missionary Meeting.
Mr Robert Clapham was Chairman in 1880. He became Vice President of Conference in 1891. Robert was born in Thirsk, Yorkshire circa 1820, and was converted circa 1835. He was a travelling preacher from 1839 to 1845, but owing to poor health, he retired to build a business in Yarm as a rope maker. He died in 1901.
T A Denny
Mr T A Denny was Chairman in 1882. He was probably Thomas Anthony Denny, born in Ireland circa 1818. He died in 1909. Thomas was a retired Merchant in 1881. He was well known as a philanthropist, particularly known for his support of the Salvation Army. In 1893 he married the evangelist Elizabeth Hope, nee Cotton.
Henry was Chairman in 1886. He was probably Henry Spicer (1837-1915), a wholesale stationer and Liberal politician. He was educated in Congregational schools. Henry was elected Member of Parliament of Islington South in 1885, but lost his seat in 1886.
George Hand, a Sheriff of London, was Chairman in 1895.
The final meeting was held in May 1932. The last picture shows the front cover of the programme for the 1832 meeting.
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