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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Joseph Hill 1667-1729

Joseph Hill  1667-1729

Finished Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Peter.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Peter by Joseph Hill.

From the Dictionary of National Biography:

The following excerpt refers to James Wood in the year 1729:

From "History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches, Vol. 3, pages 137-139" (Walter Wilson, 1810)

Works about and by Joseph Hill:

Hill, Joseph (1667–1729), Presbyterian minister 

Hill, Joseph (1667–1729), Presbyterian minister, was born at Salisbury on 11 October 1667, of godly parents. After receiving his early education from Thomas Taylor (c.1614–1677), an ejected minister, he entered the free school at Salisbury before he was seven, where he remained for nine years. He was then sent to Charles Morton's celebrated academy at Newington Green, until it was broken up two years later, in 1685, as a result of persecution. After studying for a year under Samuel Sprint at Andover, Hampshire, where he became proficient in Hebrew, he returned to London to complete his studies ‘with such who had been Mr Moreton's pupils, who attended at this time weekly lectures, read to them by Mr Glascock’ (Wood, 30). As a result he was noticed by Richard Stretton, who recommended him as chaplain and tutor to Lady Irby (d. 1695), with whom he lived for nearly seven years. He was ordained on 23 June 1694 with Edmund Calamy and others.

Hill was minister of the Presbyterian meeting at Swallow Street, Westminster, until 1699, when he accepted an invitation to be minister of the English Presbyterian Church at Rotterdam. He was called to the meeting at Haberdasher's Hall, Cheapside, on 16 February 1718 and remained there until his death. He was an orthodox subscriber at the Salters' Hall controversy in 1719. Shortly before his death he was chosen to preach the expository lecture on Wednesday evenings at Little St Helen's meeting-house. His only publication was a sermon preached to the society. Hill was not a popular preacher, and the congregation was left in a very declining state. It revived briefly under Stephen Ford, but the church was dissolved in 1734. Hill and his wife, Martha, had no children, and he died in London on 21 January 1729. Hill has been confused with his more celebrated namesake and fellow Presbyterian minister Joseph Hill (1625–1707).



J. Wood, The believer's committing of his soul to Christ considered: in a funeral sermon occasioned by the death of the late Reverend Mr. Joseph Hill who departed this life Jan. 21 1728/9, preach'd at Haberdasher's Hall, February 9th (1729) · A. Gordon, ed., Freedom after ejection: a review (1690–1692) of presbyterian and congregational nonconformity in England and Wales (1917), 284, 290, 360 · W. Wilson, The history and antiquities of the dissenting churches and meeting houses in London, Westminster and Southwark, 4 vols. (1808–14), vol. 3, pp. 138–9; vol. 4, p. 44 · J. Toulmin, An historical view of the state of the protestant dissenters in England (1814), 572 · E. Calamy, An historical account of my own life, with some reflections on the times I have lived in, 1671–1731, ed. J. T. Rutt, 2nd edn, 1 (1830), 348; 2 (1830), 522–3 · J. Evans, ‘List of dissenting congregations and ministers in England and Wales, 1715–1729’, DWL, MS 38.4, p. 71 · ‘A view of the dissenting interest in London of the Presbyterian and Independent denominations, from the year 1695 to the 25 of December 1731, with a postscript of the present state of the Baptists’, DWL, MS 38.18, pp. 49, 90 · K. L. Sprunger, Dutch puritanism: a history of English and Scottish churches of the Netherlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (1982), 428 · W. Steven, The history of the Scottish church, Rotterdam (1832, 1833), 335 · will, proved, 21 March 1729, TNA: PRO, PROB 11/628, sig. 75

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