Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Sarah Crosby (1729 - 1804) was a class leader in Leeds when at a meeting in 1761 around 200 people were in attendance instead of the usual thirty or so. Since discussion would be impossible in a class that size, she led a hymn, prayed, and began to give her testimony. Later she wrote to John Wesley explaining what she had done, and he replied: I think you have not gone too far. You could not well do less. I apprehend all you can do more is, when you meet again, to tell them simply, "You lay me under a great difficulty. The Methodists do not allow of women preachers; neither do I take upon me any such character. But I will just nakedly tell you what is in my heart."