William Ralph Featherston

FEATHERSTON, William Ralph.  b. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 23 July 1846; d. Montreal, 20 May 1873. Featherston died at the age of 26, and little is known about his life. He was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church in Montreal. He is normally accepted as the author of the famous Gospel hymn, ‘My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou art mine’*. Information about this hymn is uncertain, but it is believed to have been written at some point between 1858 and 1864, when it was published anonymously in The London Hymn Book (see JJ, p. 1676). Rightly or wrongly, it has since made Featherston’s name...

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