Gisborne Thomas, a M
Gisborne Thomas, A. M., prebendary of Durham, a distinguished divine and author, was born at Derby in 1758, entered at Harrow School in 1773, and at St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1776; was made perpetual curate of Barton-under- Needwood, Staffordshire, in 1783, and removed in the same year to Yoxall Lodge, near Barton, where he ever after resided. He obtained the prebend of Durham in 1826, and died in 1846. His works are written in a clear and nervous style; his sermons have been recommended as models for young students in divinity of the strongly opposed Paley's Ethics, of which he published an Examination (2d edit. 1790). Among his works are, A faniliar Survey of the Christian Religion as connected with the Introduction of Christianity (London, 1799, 2d ed. 8vo): — The Principles of Moral Philosophy investigated and applied to the Constitution of chzil Society (Lond. 1798, 4th ed. 8vo): — The Testimony of Natural Theology to Christianity (London, 1818, 12mo): — An Inquiry respecting Love as one of the divine Attributes (Lond. 1838, sm. 8vo):Sermons (Lond. 1808, 1809, and 1810, 3 volumes, 8vo): — A familiar Exposition of Colossians, in eight Sermons (London, 1816, 12mo). — Darling, Cyclopaedia Bibliographica, 1:1267; Allibone, Dict. Of Authors, 1:675; Whewell, History of Moral Philosophy in England, lecture 11; Gent. Magazine, June 1846.