Burgess, James an English Congregational minister, was born March 25, 1768, at Upper East Smithfield. He early knew what it was to enjoy communion with God. While still young he preached in London and adjacent villages in connection with the Itinerant Society of London. In June, 1814, he became pastor at Great Shelford, a village near Cambridge, where he preached with great success for nine years. On July ;6, 1823, he opened a place for divine worship at Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire. A church was-formed here ,Oct. 13,1823, over which he was ordained Dec. 16 of the :same year. He died Feb. 21,1853. As a preacher he was faithful and eloquent; he gave exceedingly lucid -views of the doctrines of Scripture. See (Lond.) Cong. Year-book, 1854, p. 219, 220.