This blog attempts to collate various materials in connection with the year 1735.


Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson was born in Saffham, Norfolk, in 1735. (He died in 1790). His wi­dowed mo­ther sent him at age 14 to Lon­don to learn the trade of bar­ber and hair dress­er. How­ev­er, his mas­ter found he en­joyed read­ing more than work. Con­vert­ed to Christ at age 17, Ro­bin­son be­came a Meth­od­ist min­is­ter. He lat­er became a Bapt­ist and pas­tored in Cam­bridge, Eng­land. He wrote a num­ber of hymns, as well as on the sub­ject of the­ol­o­gy. His lat­er life was ev­i­dent­ly not an ea­sy one, judg­ing from an unsubstantiated but well known sto­ry about his hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Bless­ing.” One day, he en­count­ered a wo­man who was study­ing a hymn­al and she asked how he liked the hymn she was hum­ming. In tears, he re­plied, “Madam, I am the poor un­hap­py man who wrote that hymn ma­ny years ago, and I would give a thou­sand worlds, if I had them, to en­joy the feelings I had then.”

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