Born: Jan­u­a­ry 6, 1740, Lid­get Green, York­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Ju­ly 25, 1817, Heb­den Bridge, York­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: Wains­gate, Heb­den Bridge, York­shire, Eng­land.

Fawcett was con­vert­ed at age 16 un­der the min­is­try of George White­field. He at first joined the Meth­od­ists, but three years lat­er be­gan at­tend­ing the Bap­tist Church in Brad­ford, Eng­land. Hav­ing be­gun to preach, he was or­dained a Bap­tist min­is­ter at Wains­gate, York­shire.

In 1772, he was in­vit­ed to Lon­don to suc­ceed J. Gill as pas­tor of the Car­ter’s Lane Bap­tist Church. On the day of his de­part­ure, he had preached his fare­well ser­mon, the wa­gons were load­ed, and he was ready to go. But he was so over­come by the thought of leav­ing the con­gre­ga­tion he had come to love, that he can­celed his plans and stayed in Wains­gate. In 1793, Fawcett was in­vit­ed to become pre­si­dent of the Bap­tist Aca­de­my in Bris­tol, but he sim­i­lar­ly de­clined.

In 1811, Fawcett re­ceived a Doc­tor of Di­vin­i­ty de­gree from an Amer­i­can school. His works in­clude:

Despite his ac­comp­lish­ments, Fawc­ett prac­ticed hu­mil­i­ty, as shown in the pre­face to Hymns Adapt­ed to the Cir­cum­stanc­es of Pub­lic Wor­ship and Pri­vate De­vo­tion:

I blush to think of these plain vers­es fall­ing in­to the hands of per­sons of an ele­vat­ed gen­i­us, and re­fined taste. To such, I know, they will ap­pear flat, dull and un­en­ter­tain­ing…If it may be con­du­cive, un­der di­vine bless­ing to warm the heart or as­sist the de­vo­tion of any hum­ble Christ­ian in the clo­set, the fam­i­ly or the house of God, I shall there­in sin­cere­ly re­joice, what­ev­er cen­sure I may in­cur from the po­lite world.

Sources

Hymns

  1. Afflicted Soul, to Jesus Dear
  2. Behold the Sin Atoning Lamb
  3. Blest Be the Tie That Binds
  4. How Precious Is the Book Divine
  5. Humble Souls That Seek Salva­tion
  6. I My Ebenezer Raise
  7. Infinite Excellence Is Thine
  8. Jesus, the Heavenly Lover, Gave
  9. Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing
  10. Lord, Hast Thou Made Me Know Thy Ways?
  11. O God, My Helper, Ever Near
  12. O, My Soul, What Means This Sadness?
  13. Praise to Thee, Thou Great Creator
  14. Religion Is the Chief Concern
  15. Sinners, the Voice of God Regard
  16. Thy Presence, Gracious God, Afford
  17. Thy Way, God, Is in the Sea
  18. With Humble Heart and Tongue