Ivimey, Joseph the historian of the English Baptists, was born in 1773, pursued his studies at the Bristol Academy, and for twenty-nine years was pastor of a Baptist church in London. His principal publications are,
(1) an edition of The Pilgrim's Progress, with Notes: — (2) The Life of John-Bunyan: — (3) Treatise on Baptism and Communion: — (4) The Life, Times, and Opinions of John Milton: — (5) History of the English Baptists (4 vols. 8vo).
The last, his most important work, is highly commended by Robert Hall for the value of its historical substance and for the quality of the author's style. His Life of Bunyan continued to be the chief authority on the subject, until the growing public appreciation of the "ingenious dreamer" enlisted in the illustration of his life the classic pen of Southey and the minute diligence of Mr. Offor. Mr. Ivimey's death occurred in 1834. See G. Pritchard, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Joseph Ivimey (London, 1835, 8vo).