RHODES, Benjamin. b. Mexborough, Yorkshire, 1743, date unknown; d. Margate, Kent, 13 October 1815. He was the son of a schoolmaster, who gave him a good education. At the age of 11 he was much influenced by hearing George Whitefield* preach, and in 1766 he became one of ‘Mr Wesley’s preachers’, serving until his death at Margate. In the obituary in the Minutes of the Methodist Conference he was described as ‘a man of great simplicity and integrity of mind; he was warmly and invariably attached to the whole economy of Methodism.’
He contributed several hymns to two books compiled by Joseph Benson, Hymns for Children and Young Persons (1806) and Benson’s additional volume, Hymns for Children...
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