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In early life he received deep religious impressions from the teachings of a pious mother, yet he would not allow them to influence his life. On the contrary, he hardened his heart against them. From his early years, working at a forge, he passed his leisure hour in the society of evil companions; but the prayers of his mother followed him. When twenty-two year of age, while in a public house, his conscience was awakened, and he was led to see his lost condition. Shortly after, at Walsall, near Birmingham, the truth was still more deeply impressed upon him by a sermon preached by Rev. John Bradford, curate of Frilsham, Bedfordshire, one of Lady Huntingdon’s preachers; but still he did not find acceptance with God. Anxious days followed but at length, while at his forge, the darkness passed from his mind as he was meditating upon the words of Isaiah, “Arise, shine, for thy light is come.”
With his conversion there came a call to the Gospel ministry, and he spent a few months at Lady Huntingdon’s college in Trevecca, Wales. For several years he devoted himself to evangelical work in different parts of the country. In September, 1794, having adopted Baptist views, he accepted a call to the pastorate of the Baptist church in Claxton, Norfolk. Here he had a long and useful ministry. He died…having been a preacher of the Gospel for more than sixty-four years.
From 1803, to 1809, he wrote much in poetry and prose for the Gospel Magazine. A few years before his death his prose contributions to the Magazine were brought together in a volume entitled “The Truth as it is in Jesus.” His “Hymns and Spiritual Poems,” with a brief memoir, were collected and published in 1861, by Mr. Daniel Sedgwick. “Some of his poetry,” says Dr. Hatfield, “has great merit.”
Burrage, pp. 114-15