(1751–1844), Wesleyan Methodist preacher who collaborated with Thomas Coke on the first official Life of Wesley (1792) and later, when Wesley's private papers became available, published a two-volume Life of his own in 1824. Born in Drumcondra, near Dublin, the son of a farmer, Moore was converted in 1777 and entered the Methodist itinerancy in the same year. Though stationed first in Irish circuits, he spent the most important part of his career as a Methodist preacher in England. He became John Wesley's travelling companion and literary executor, and served twice, in 1804 and 1823, as president of the Methodist Conference. Unintentionally, he found himself at the centre of the most bitter conflict in Methodism after Wesley's death when he administered the sacrament at a chapel in Bristol in 1792, thereby provoking five years of debate within Methodism about its relationship with the Church of England, culminating in de facto separation in 1797.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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