Burdsall, John

Burdsall, John an English Wesleyan minister, was a native of York. He was converted in early life, was received into the ministry in 1796, when twenty-one years of age, became a supernumerary in 1837 in his native city, established there a theological class for local preachers, and died in York, Feb. 7, 1861, in his eighty-sixth year. Burdsall possessed a mind of fine quality, of acuteness and balance. He was a self-taught scholar, a great reader, especially in theology. His :sermons were sound expositions enforced by pointed application, fluently delivered. He was inclined to mathematics and metaphysics. He wrote, Memoirs of R. Burdsall, of York, his father (3d ed. Thetford, 1823, 12mo): - The Sinner's Tears, and Devout Breathings after God (revised and edited from Rev. Thomas Fettiplace, 18mo):-Memoirs and Remains of Rev. J. Strawe (1842, 12mo):-Sermon on Rom. viii, 2, in Sermons on Important Subjects (Lond. .1832). In 1841 Burdsall published in London, in three vols. 12mo, the complete works of" the polemic divine," Rev. Daniel Isaac. See Smith, Hist. of Wesl. Meth. iii, 505, 506;

Minutes of the British Conference, 1861, p. 14; Osborne, Meth. Bibl.; Everett, Wesleyan Centenary Takings, i, 299, sketch 22. Burdsall was implicated in the writing of the celebrated Fly-sheets, and was reproved by the Conference, his age saving him from expulsion.

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