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It has been often remarked, that was born December 24, 1752, at the life of a retired scholar, or a Lee-End, in Chinley, a village divine not actively engaged in the near to Chapel-en-le-Frith. He ministry of the Gospel, affords was singularly honoured in his palittle to interest or instruct man rents, of whom it is difficult to kind. This observation, though speak without exceeding the proin most cases just, will doubtless
His father was a admit of exceptions. Some such man of respectable family in Derinstances of variation from the ge- byshire, and had been intended neral rule are occasionally intro- for one of the learned professions, duced to public notice; and that with a view to which he received this has not been more frequently a good classical education; but done, has probably arisen from the having heard, much to his own difficulty of the undertaking. To spiritual profit, one of the itinerant collect the necessary materials, is, Methodist preachers, he became in such cases, often impossible; warmly attached to them, and was and even where it can, in some the first person by whom they measure, be accomplished, it is a were introduced into his own and task to which no ordinary diligence the adjoining counties. In 1743, is competent.
he entered, as a preacher, into conThese remarks are perhaps not nexion with Whitfield and Wesley, inapplicable to the case of the Rev. and laboured indefatigably in the William Bennet, a gentleman who, ministry of the Gospel. For some for a considerable part of his life, time after the separation between was little known to the world, those two eminent men, Mr. B. except by his publications, but adhered to Mr. Wesley, and superwhose talents and acquirements, as intended a circuit. Some diversities well as his ardent attachment to of religious opinion, however, the interests of “pure and unde- springing up between them, parfiled religion,” justly claim for him ticularly respecting the righteousa respectful memorial among the ness of Christ being imputed to records of departed worth. It is believers, as the only ground of however, much to be regretted, their justification before God, that our means of performing this (which Mr. B. openly avowed,) toduty are very insufficient; but we gether with some other occasions shall cheerfully endeavour to "ga- of uneasiness, they publicly sepather up the fragments which re rated at Bolton, in April, 1752. main, that nothing may be lost.” In 1754, a meeting-house was
Mr. Bennet was the second son erected for him at Warburton, in of John and Grace Bennet, and Cheshire, a thinly inhabited part Cong. Mag. No. 61.