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JOHN ANGELL JAMES (1785-1859)

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 144 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN ANGELL JAMES (1785-1859)  ,
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English
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Nonconformist divine, was born at Blandford, Dorsetshire, on the 6th of
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June 1785 . At the close of his seven years' apprenticeship to a
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linen-draper at Poole he decided to become a preacher, and in 18o2 he went to David Bogue's training institution at
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Gosport . A
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year and a
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half later, on a visit to
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Birmingham, his preaching was so highly esteemed by the congregation of Carr's Lane
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Independent
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chapel that they invited him to exercise his
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ministry amongst them; he settled there in 18o5, and was ordained in May 18o6 . For several years his success as a preacher was comparatively small; but he jumped into popularity about 1814, and began to attract large crowds wherever he officiated . At the same time his religious writings, the best known of which are The Anxious Inquirer and An Earnest Ministry, acquired a wide circulation . James was a typical Congregational preacher of the early 19th century, massive and elaborate rather than
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original . His preaching displayed little or nothing of Calvinism, the earlier severity of which had been modified in Birmingham by
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Edward Williams, one of his predecessors . He was one of the founders of the Evangelical
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Alliance and of the Congregational Union of England and Wales . Municipal interests appealed strongly to him, and he was also for many years chairman of Spring Hill (afterwards Mansfield) College . He died at Birmingham on the 1st of
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October 1859 . A collected edition of James's
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works appeared in 186o-1864 . See A Review of the
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Life and Character of J .

Angell James (186o), by J . Campbell, and Life and Letters of J . A . James (1861), edited by his successor, R . W . Dale, who also contributed a sketch of his predecessor to Pulpit Memorials (1878) .

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