In the year 1758, I (Thomas Lee) was stationed in Lincolnshire. The whole county, now divided into three, was then only in one Circuit. So I spent two months in the eastern part, and then two months in the western. I was in this Circuit about sixteen months in all. And I did not labour in vain. There was a very considerable increase in the societies, and many souls were brought to the saving knowledge of God. And though the rides were long, and the work was hard, yet all was made easy and comfortable. The Lord was greatly with us, and the people in general were loving and teachable; and I know not if I shall ever love a people better on this side eternity.
Jackson, The Early Methodist Preachers, Volume 4, 162