John Fawcett

1740-1817. English Baptist theologian. After some years' engagement in a secular occupation, his early impressions of George Whitefield's preaching prevailed and he became a Baptist pastor. His ministry was spent entirely in the Halifax area of Yorkshire, where he also taught school for most of his active life. He was a vigorous preacher, zealous and much respected among his people, who might have held high office in his denomination had he been so inclined. He is best known, however, for his Devotional Commentary on the Holy Scriptures (1811). His method was to follow each expository section with a paragraph of “aspirations” to guide the feelings of his readers. Though his health had long been indifferent, he survived until his seventy- seventh year.