The Right Hon.ble Selina Countess Dowager of Huntingdon.[facsimile signature and date]
Published Jan.y 1 1824 by R. Baynes, 28, Paternoster Row, London
Stipple, sheet 205 x 120mm (8 x 4¾"). Trimmed inside platemark. Slight staining.
Selina Hastings, countess of Huntingdon (1707-91), founder of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion. After an initially close relationship with John Wesley, she moved towards the ideas of George Whitefield before his departure for America in 1751. In the 1760s the countess established several chapels, and a college, Trevecca, in a renovated Brecknockshire farmhouse. Whitefield had left the countess the Bethesda orphanage in his will, and she organised a mission to America, which so infuriated the Georgians that Bethesda was burnt to the ground. Subsequent plans in America were rejected and her Georgia property was eventually confiscated. In 1783 the rigidly Calvinistic Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion was formed when several Trevecca students were ordained. In her final years she was sceptical about further work in England, and was concentrating on sending a mission to the South Seas. Frontispiece to A.C.H. Seymour's 'The Life and Times of Selina, countess of Huntingdon', vol. 1 (1824).
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