Mary Fletcher to Mr Tranter, 1st January 1795
First page of a copy of a letter written by Mary Fletcher on January 1st, 1795 to Mr John Tranter (see also Oline Collection, 1992/125). The copy is in Mary Fletcher's handwriting and includes an interesting explanatory preamble in her own words. Evidently, she was concerned about being idolized.
Mary Bosanquet Fletcher (1739-1815) was one of the first female Wesleyan Methodist preachers, and it was she who persuaded John Wesley to allow women to preach in public. Mary Bosanquet became one of the most popular female preachers of her day and was greatly revered by Methodists for her work. She was married to John Fletcher (1729-1785).