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115 Nassau Street.
JOIN J. REED, Stereotyper and Printer,
16 Spruce street,
Parentage and early years of Thos. Spencer. Love of learn-
ing. Religious impressions. His inclination to the Chris-
tian ministry. Apprenticed to a glover in London. Rev.
Mr. Heward. Acquaintance with Thomas Wilson, Esqr.,
commenced, under whose patronage he enters upon his pre-
paratory studies with the Rev. Mr. Hordle, of Harwich.
Rapid progress in learning. Returns to his father's residence
in Hertford ....
Letters written from home. His return to Harwich. Resumes
his studies. Interesting correspondence. Papers submitted
by Spencer to the Committee of Hoxton academy.....
Spencer's call and qualifications for the ministry in his fif-
teenth year. Enters at Hoxton. Diligence in study. Va-
cation. Return to Hertford. First sermon in public. Con-
tinues to preach to the country people during his stay at
His return to Hoxton. Christmas vacation. First sermon at
Hertford. Appointed to assist in the pulpit at Hoxton.
At the earnest entreaties of the people, allowed to preach.
First sermon at Hoxton, in his seventeenth year. His suc-
cess and popularity. Itineracy. Correspondence with Mr.
John Haddon. Visits Brighton. Preaches with great ac-
ceptance and effect. Again at Hoxton. Preaches a ser-
mon on fast day. Appointed to deliver an oration at the
His first visit to Liverpool. Preaches at Newington Chapel.
His popularity as a preacher. Correspondence. Return to
the academy. Invited by the congregation of Newington to
become their pastor. Calls from other congregations. Ac-
ceptance of the call from Liverpool. Last sermon at Hox-
Mr. Spencer commences his pastoral labors at Newirgton
Chapel. Suddenly called by affliction to Brighton.' His
fears relieved. Correspondence. Success of his ministry.
Lays the foundation stone of a new chapel for his congrega-
tion. Correspondence. Ordination. His first administra-
tion of the Lord's Supper. Death. Funeral. Concluding