Rowland Hill

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  1. grace_proclaimed

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    I realize that this doesn't directly bear on Baptist history yet, in ways it does.
    I have run across a book printed by the American Bible Society. It is "Rowland Hill, Life, Anecdotes and Pulpit Sayings." It has a foreword by C.H. Spurgeon.
    Evidently C.H. Spurgeon was greatly influenced by Hill (who was contemporary with the Wesley's and Whitefield).
    Does anyone have any idea of the relative value of this book (poor condition)? What is the approximate age of it? I can only narrow it down to 110-150 years. That's a little broad.
    What impact did Hill have on the English Baptists?
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    Charlesworth, Vernon J.
    Rowland Hill: His Life, Anecdotes, and Pulpit Sayings.
    New York: American Tract Society, 1876.
     
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    Thanks. I had no date. That helps.
    It is very interesting to read of the great men of days gone by.
    Do you have any idea how much he influenced Baptists in those days? It seems CHS thought well of him.
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    Always remember, in days of yore, in merrie olde England, the Anglican Church was a bastion of the truth of God's word. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Church of England.

    Cheers,

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    Hill apparently influenced many preachers, including Spurgeon and Alexander Campbell (who mentions participating in Hill's evangelistic tours of Scotland in his memoirs). Dwight L. Moody also quoted Hill.

    He also built almshouses next to the church; the chapel and almshouses (of a later date) are now private residences.

    He's also reputed to have been a supporter of Edward Jenner and encouraged others to be vaccinated against smallpox.

    And, a bit of trivia: E.W. Broome quotes Hill as saying "Why should the devil should have all the good tunes." (The quote also is attributed to William Booth).

    A Web site about the area that mentions Hill:

    http://www.klbschool.org.uk/history/localhist.htm

    No offense to the Anglicans, Jim. Charles Wesley always considered himself a member of the Church of England and was buried in consecrated ground; John also never formally broke with the Church of England but was buried behind a Methodist chapel. The official break didn't occur until four years after John Wesley's death.
     
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    Rowland Hills, like Spurgeon did not go to any University. According to JC Ryle, his father's death inpacted his life at that time. He entered the ministry at an early age,(20) like many of his peers, but was not awakened to his calling until he was about 25.

    He was Welsh and did not preach in the English language. I suppose this dialect was very unique to the Welsh. (Most Baptist trace their origins to the Welsh Tract church in Delaware...a church orginially constituted in Pembroke Wales.)

    I understand that he was not well known on the account that he was limited to the area where he ministered. He ministered among the lower class primarily and traveled to London very little.

    What I know about Rowland Hills

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    We must be talking about two different Rowland Hills. The one in question was English, college-educated and a well-known and popular preacher.

    He also founded Surrey Chapel House in London in addition to the chapel at his summer residence.

    This is the Rowland Hill referred to in the biography of Spurgeon by W.Y. Fullerton. (Chapter 2).
     
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    RSR - sorry, I goofed! In haste I thought of Daniel Rowlands of whom I was speaking. Just the name Rowlands got me thinking, but in the wrong direction.

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    Ah, I see. I thought that might be it because Daniel's name came up several times when I was searching for Hill.
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