Allen, James (5)

Allen, James (5), an English Wesleyan minister, son of James (3), was born at Uttoxeter, Aug. 30, 1822. He was educated at Kingswood School, entered the Didsbury Theological Seminary in 1844, the ministry in 1846, and died at Bramley, Aug. 30, 1873. "He was one of the best men," says a minister, "I ever knew. So unostentatious; so content to be good without popularity; so single-minded in living for Christ; so indefatigable as a minister; so true and kind and affectionate to his colleagues." Says another, "'His sermons, his counsels, his prayers, his wit, his cheerfulness, his very presence, always charmed me into kindliness and love. And I am speaking very moderately when I say there are scores of ministers and officers in the Church who owe their position and influence mainly to his efficient training and oversight." "His life was radiant with all manner of goodness." Mr. Allen was a diligent student, and very successful in conducting theological classes. See Bunting's sprightly Memoir of him, with extracts from his journal, in Wesleyan Meth. Magazine, Jan. and Feb. 1875; also Minutes of British Conference, 187, 4, p. 9.

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