ROBINSON, Robert. b. Swaffham, Norofolk, 27 September 1735; d. Showell Green, Warwickshire, 9 June 1790. The son of a Scottish exciseman, Robinson was educated at the grammar school of the small market-town of Swaffham; he continued his studies under a private tutor. Poverty obliged him to abandon aspirations to enter the Anglican ministry, and he was apprenticed to a London hairdresser. In 1752 he experienced George Whitefield*’s preaching, describing himself as ‘Renatus Sabbati die, Maii 24, 1752, per predicationem potentem Georgii Whitefield’ (‘reborn on Sunday 24 May 1752, by the powerful preaching of GW’), but he was not fully convinced of salvation ‘per sanguinem pretiosum Jesu...
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