Frankland, Benjamin, Ab
Frankland, Benjamin, A.B.
one of the men representing the scholarship of the English Wesleyan Connection, was born at St. Ives, Cornwall, in May 1819. He was a descendant of Dr. Benjamin Frankland, eminent as the great Puritan schoolmaster of his time (see Dr. Halley's Puritanism in Lancashire, etc.), the son of Rev. Benjamin Frankland, and brother of Reverend W. Joseph Frankland. He was educated at the Woodhouise Grove School (1829-33), and the University of Dublin (1837 sq.); and was for ten years tutor at Woodhouse Grove, and six months master at Wesley College, Sheffield. He was converted when eighteen years of age, entered the ministry in 1845, and throughout his various circuits, from Diss, in 1845, to Islington, London, in 1863, his ministry was greatly prized, especially by the thoughtful and cultivated, and his personal character won profound and affectionate esteem. In 1864 he succeeded J. Gilchrist Wilson as assistant editor of the Wesleyan Methodist Magazine and other connectional publications, and on the death of the lamented Thornton, in 1865, the entire duties of editorship devolved on him, shared however, in 1868, by the appointment of a colleague, Benjamin Gregory. This position he held until his unexpected death after a short illness, January 17, 1876. Besides his scholarly contributions to the Magazine, Frankland wrote, Outlines of Literary Culture (Lond. 1853, 12mo): — Intuitionalism (ibid. 1861, crown 8vo): — Of Israel, but not Israel (Exeter, 1859, 12mo): — The Wesleyan Conference (Lond. 1852, 8vo). See Wesl. Meth. Magazine, 1876, page 192, 742, 844; Minutes of the British Conference, 1876, page 19.