Edmondson, Jonathan, Am

Edmondson, Jonathan, A.M.

an English Wesleyan minister (nephew of Jonathan Catlow, an early Methodist preacher, who withdrew a short time before his death on accountof a disagreement with Wesley on the doctrine of sin in believers; cousin of James Catlow, who died when about taking orders in the Church of England, and of Samuel Catlow, a Socinian minister, and father of Jonathan Edmondson, of the Wesleyan Conference), was born at Keighley, Yorkshire, March 24, 1767. He was converted in 1784, was sent by Wesley to the Epworth Circuit in 1786, and retired a supernumerary at Portsmouth in 1838. He died July 7, 1842. Dr. Edmondson was eminently a holy and laborious minister, and was highly esteemed by his brethren. In 1814 he was made one of the general secretaries of the Missionary Society, in which office he labored beyond his strength. In 1818 he was elected president of the conference sitting in Leeds. He was a voluminous reader, a diligent student, a lucid expositor, an evangelical preacher, and a faithful pastor. During his busy ministry he wrote some valuable books: Short Sermons on Important Subjects ( Lond. 1807, 1829, 2 volumes, 8vo ): — A Concise System of Self-government (ibid. 1815; 3d ed. 1834, 12mo): — Sermons on the Nature and Offices of the Holy Ghost (ibid. 1823; 2d ed. 1837): — Essay on the Christian Ministry (ibid. 1828,12mo): — Scripture Views of the Heavenly World (ibid. 1835, 12mo; 3d ed. 1850, 18mo): — Elements of Revealed Religion (1839, 12mo). See Wesl. Meth. Mag. 1850, pages 1, 113; Minutes of the British Conference, 1842.

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