September 21, 1795 letter from Abraham Hepworth to Thomas Haweis
September 21, 1795
Hepworth, Abraham (1771-1855)
Haweis, Thomas (1734-1820)
4 pp. total; 3 pp. text; 1 p. address
42.4 x 23.6 cm
Location (Box, Folder)
Box 1, File 68
Spa Fields in or near London
Grafham [, Cambs]
Plain Text Transcription
From Abraham Hepworth in Graffham, Huntingdonshire, to T.H. at Spa Fields in London. Yesterday morning after service, he received T.H’s kind letter. Hepworth was indeed sorry to hear that the bishops have ‘entered into so cruel and unjustifiable a revolution, as not to ordain such as heartily wish well to Zion, as it must preclude the usefulness and destroy the comfort of many, though in the end it will not hurt the cause. The Church was never known to thrive so well as when watered by the blood of martyrs; as for my own part, I put my trust in the Lord…’
Hepworth has no means of getting a presentation to a parish for many reasons, including the fact that he does not have any friends in high places. He does not wish for much, but simply to be of value to the Lord. Perhaps T.H. could suggest someone who could ‘procure of the Chancellor for me, what you mention. I doubt not but you are acquainted with the pious Mr [William] Wilberforce’ – could he not intercede for Hepworth in some way?
On Thursday last he visited his good friend [Charles] Simeon and preached for him in the evening. Simeon is opening many doors for the Lord’s work and ‘young prophets are going forth from under his ministry.
In a postscript, he adds that Simeon has recently met with mistreatment from the Cambridge dissenters. Simeon has now left Cambridge to meet with some ‘pious brethren’ and sometime next week is to preach the infirmary sermon in Hull, Yorkshire. (1 sheet, 3 p.)
21 September 1795
Abraham Hepworth (1771-1855) was born in Graffham, Huntingdonshire. He was educated at Corpus Christi Cambridge and served a curacy in Yorkshire before commencing a long ministry as Vicar of St Luke’s in Manchester. In 1843 he moved to become the rector of Ingoldisthorpe in Norfolk where he spent his remaining years.
William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was born in Hull, the son of a wealthy merchant. He was educated at Cambridge and was elected to parliament in 1780. During his fifty years in public life, Wilberforce was active in many of the most burning social issues of his day. He led the fight against slavery, founded an association for the reformation of manners and was a leading figure in the so-called 'Clapham Sect' of Evangelicals.
Wilberforce was a great admirer of the Wesleys and was the recipient of John Wesley's famous last letter concerning slavery in the United States. After Charles Wesley's death in 1788, Wilberforce and several of his friends joined in providing his widow with an annual pension as a token of their regard for the Wesley family.
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