26/09/2017

Lecture on Beddome due in Swindon soon


I understand that the James Bourne Society has arranged a lecure on 'Benjamin Beddome: Cotswold Pastor and Baptist Hymnwriter.' The lecture will take place on Saturday, 21 October at 2.30 pm in the Village hall in Watchfield, near Swindon, SN6 8TA. I am not sure who the speaker is. This will be the sixthe annual lecture of the society. Last year's lecture, now in print, was by Trayton Pont on Resisting the Flood Tide: Evangelical High Calvinism on the Romney Marsh. The society would be a Gospel Standard grouping.

Old Manse Hotel Bourton

These pictures give a little idea of what the manse where Beddome and his family lived was like.












New Plaque Unveiled in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

I was unaware of this plaque to Beddome in Henley-in Arden, which has been noted here by Ian MacDonald. The plaque says
Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795)
Born here in the Old Manse
Baptist minister, preacher and leading figure in
the Midland Baptist Association
A prolific hymn writer
His collection of 830 hymns were published
posthumously in 1818
"His labours were unremitted
and evangelical"
The plaque was put up by the local parish council. They say here that on June 3 this year

At 11.45, we had our first plaque unveiling adjacent to the Baptist Church – the location was significant as it was to remember 300th anniversary of Benjamin Beddome, a Baptist minister and prolific hymn writer – 830 hymns have been credited to him (excuse the pun). The citation was read by Norman Kench, High Bailiff and supported by Gordon Trinder, a previous Town Crier and High Bailiff, as well as Baptist Church Lay Reader. At this point the Group was also joined by Clive Rickards, Chairman Warwickshire Council, as well as Chris Saint & George Atkinson, Leader & Chairman of Stratford District Council respectively, as well Stephen Thirlwell, Deputy Leader of Stratford Council and Bill Leech, Chairman of the JPC Henley.

20/07/2017

Boswell Beddome

Beddome, Boswell (1763-1816) was the son of the Baptist minister and hymnwriter, Benjamin Beddome (1717-95) of Bourton-on-the-Water, one time suitor of Mary Steele’s aunt, Anne Steele. In 1797, Boswell joined the Baptist congregation at Maze Pond in Southwark, London; unfortunately, his wife, the former Anne Wilkins (sister of William Wilkins, who had asked for Mary Steele’s hand in marriage in 1777), died shortly thereafter at the age of thirty-three, leaving him with several young children. He remarried in January 1800 to Anne Parsons and that July was elected a deacon at Maze Pond, along with Joseph Wickenden, both men being friends of Benjamin Flower, radical newspaper/magazine editor at Cambridge and later at Harlow. Beddome was active in Baptist affairs, serving as a deputy to the Protestant Dissenter’s Fund in 1803. His business partner was Mr. Fysh (also a member at Maze Pond) in Fenchurch Street, London (see letter 82). Robert Hall had been intimate with the Boswell family for many years. Beddome’s father partially supported Hall during the early years of the latter’s ministry with the interest from a £600 legacy (MS., Angus Library, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, shelfmark 41.3.4[t.]). Hall and Boswell Beddome maintained a close friendship throughout their lives. Writing to Olinthus Gregory on 2 November 1816, three days after Beddome’s death, Hall laments, Alas! my dear friend Boswell Beddome—my eyes will see thee no more! The place which once knew thee will know thee no more! How many delightful hours have I spent in thy society, hours never more to return! That countenance beaming with benevolence & friendship will be beheld no more until the Resurrection morn, when it will rise to view radiant with immortal brightness and beauty. (MS., Bristol Baptist College Library, acc. no. OSG.95B, box A) See Maze Pond 2.f.213, 221; CI 15 July 1797, 25 January 1800.

Samuel Favell, etc

These two entries are from Dissenting Studies 1700-1850
Favell, Samuel (1760-1830) – A prominent Baptist layman, he lived for his early London years in Tooley Street, Southwark, where he married Sarah Bardwell in 1786. She died in 1795 and his second wife was Elizabeth Beddome (1765-1830), only daughter of Benjamin Beddome, Baptist minister at Bourton-on-the-Water. He partnered most likely with her brother, Boswell Brandon Beddome (he was a close friend of Benjamin Flower) as woollen drapers (Beddome, Fysh and Co., 170 Fenchurch Street) and operated a second partnership as a slopseller (Favell & Bousfield, 12 St Mary-Axe). By 1817 his business was listed as Favell, Beddome, and David.
He was present at the initial meeting of the Sunday School Society in 1785, and served as a leading member of the London Revolution Society from 1788 to its demise in 1792, as well as Society for Constitutional Information; he was the object of a satirical piece in the London Times on 22 June 1792 titled “The Southwark Slop-Seller,” signed “Sammy Slop,” a name revisited again by the Times on 4 December 1792, described as still living in Tooley Street. Favell himself would later write of these attacks (more occurred that December) on his politics and character in a letter that appeared in the Times on 25 June 1827.
He represented the Court of Common Council from 1809 through 1829. He was, like his fellow Baptists Henry Waymouth, Benjamin Shaw, Joseph Hughes, Samuel Medley, Jr., and F. A. Cox, involved in the founding of the London University, serving as a member of the first Provisional Committee formed in July 1825. He moved to Camberwell from Tooley Street c. 1794, and later was an active member of the Camberwell Bible Association. At a meeting of 8 November 1813, he was joined by Samuel Palmer (1775-1847), father of the Romantic painter Samuel Palmer (1805-81), the latter becoming a friend of Crabb Robinson and William Blake in the 1820s (see Minutes of the Camberwell Bible Association, 1813-22, MS. John Gill Papers, William B. Hamilton Collection, David M. Rubinstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University). Most likely he attended the Baptist meeting in Camberwell during the ministry of Edward Steane.
Fysh, Mary – who joined Maze Pond on 2 December 1796, coming from the Baptist congregation at Cirencester. Her husband was Boswell Beddome’s business partner in Fenchurch Street, London (see letter 12). She died on 7 March 1804 (Maze Pond 2.ff.18, 155, 255). Mrs Fysh was also a friend of Robert Hall and may have had connections with the Baptist congregation at St Andrew’s Street (Gregory, Works 5.415-16). A notice in the Intelligencer on 28 November 1801 informed the public that a “Mrs. Fysh, daughter of Mr. Christopher Fysh of Lyon, died on Thursday sennight at her brother’s house in Camberwell,” most likely the same house in which Eliza breakfasted with Mary Fysh.

22/05/2017

Useful learning - new book

A new book has just been published under the title Useful Learning: Neglected Means of Grace in the Reception of the Evangelical Revival among English Particular Baptists. he book is by Anthony R Cross and has a foreword by Ian Randall.
It contains a section on Benjamin Beddome. The blurb says
Explorations of the English Baptist reception of the Evangelical Revival often - and rightfully - focus on the work of the Spirit, prayer, Bible study, preaching, and mission, while other key means are often overlooked. Useful Learning examines the period from c. 1689 to c. 1825, and combines history in the form of the stories of Baptist pastors, their churches, and various societies, and theology as found in sermons, pamphlets, personal confessions of faith, constitutions, covenants, and theological treatises. In the process, it identifies four equally important means of grace.
The first was the theological renewal that saw moderate Calvinism answer "The Modern Question" develop into evangelical Calvinism, and revive the denomination.
Second were close groups of ministers whose friendship, mutual support, and close theological collaboration culminated in the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society, and local itinerant mission work across much of Britain.
Third was their commitment to reviving stagnating Associations, or founding new ones, convinced of the vital importance of the corporate Christian life and witness for the support and strengthening of the local churches, and furthering the spread of the gospel to all people.
Finally was the conviction of the churches and their pastors that those with gifts for preaching and ministry should be theologically educated. At first local ministers taught students in their homes, and then at the Bristol Academy. In the early nineteenth century, a further three Baptist academies were founded at Horton, Abergavenny, and Stepney, and these were soon followed by colleges in America, India, and Jamaica.
Cross is Emeritus Director of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage and a Research Fellow at Regent’s Park College

06/05/2017

A strange day in Maze Pond

I do not think I have noted this anywhere else. I had to read it several times to get it clear in my mind.  The point is that Ivimey describes how one Sunday in about 1739 after Beddome finished preaching 
"a deacon who was unfriendly to Mr. [Benjamin] Wallin's being brought into the pastoral office, without having even consulted his brethren in office or the church, stopped the members after the sermon, and proposed Mr. Beddome as a suitable person for the pastoral office; this however turned out to the mortification of this Diotrephes; for no one seconding the motion, the matter dropped of course." What a strange experience for young Beddome (then about 22) to have gone through.
(I discover I had recorded this back in 2011).