Stafford, John (2), Dd

Stafford, John (2), D.D.

an English Independent minister, was born at Leicester in August, 1728. He was brought up a wool-comber, but devoting himself to the ministry, studied, first under Dr. Doddridge, at Northampton, then in London, and finally at Mile End, and joined the church of Dr. Guyse, in New Broad Street. He was sent to preach at Royston and St. Neots, but in 1758 accepted a call as pastor in succession to Dr. Guyse, at New Broad Street, and for nearly forty years continued the pastor of that important church. He lived in a constantly prepared state for death, even in full health, and in that spirit died, February 22, 1800. He published, The Scripture Doctrine of Sin and Grace Considered in Twenty-five Discourses (1772), which reached a second edition, and a Funeral Sermon for his daughter Elizabeth (1774). See Wilson, Dissenting Churches, 2:243.

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