A body of primitive Wes- leyans. who assumed importance about the time of John Wycliffe, (1300,) and were very successful in disseminating evangelical truth ; but, being implicated (apparently against their will) in tbe insurrection of the villeins in 1381, the statute De Hwictico Comburen- do (2 Hen. IV. c. 15) was passed against them, for their suppression. However, they were not suppressed, and their representatives survive to the present day under various names and disguises. Brown.

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