Jackson Pinxt., Hall Sculpt., late 1700s
Engraving of the Reverend Jonathan Crowther (1759-1824). Crowther was a Wesleyan itinerant minister, and he became known for writing a number of early books on Methodism, which included 'The Methodist Manual' (1810), 'Portraiture of Methodism' (1811), and a book about Thomas Coke (1815).
His somewhat more technical 'Thoughts upon the Finances of the Methodist Connexion' (1817) criticised Methodism's debt burden, much of which being, he thought, the result of chapel building activity and having to look after so many Methodist missions and circuits.
Crowther was elected President of Conference in 1819.