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Joseph Benson died 2/16/1821.  Born 1/25/1748, England, to John & Isabella (Robinson) Benson he became a teacher at 16. While teaching he was convinced he must be born again & was, at 17.  With his father’s consent & both in tears, John & Joseph said their father/son farewells – they never met again on earth.

John Wesley appointed Joseph classical master of Kingswood School.  The Countess of Huntingdon appointed him Head Master of Trevecca College, at 21.  This position did not last long due to theological differences.  Thereafter his labors centered more on preaching & writing.  In 1778 he married Miss Thompson of Leeds (she died 1810), their union was blessed with at least 2 daughters.

In 1798 Benson was elected President of the Conference and was later elected editor of the Methodist Magazine.  In 1808 the Conference, by vote, requested him to write a commentary on the Bible – it was  completed in 1818.  He’s also remembered for his Life of Mr. Fletcher.  Adam Clarke spoke at his funeral. 

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“My heart is so united to this people, that I find it very hard to leave this place.  I never was among a more kinf andloving people than those in our Society at Edinburgh.  Many a happy and edifying hour, have I spent among them.  Many a time has my soul been blessed in answer to their prayers, both inpublic and in private.  May theLord continue tofavour them with his presence, andreward them for all theirkindness to me.”

     – the above is a quote from Joseph Benson after working in Edinburgh for three years.

Joseph Benson died this date, 2/16/1821, at London, England.  He was born in Melmerdy, County of Cumberland, England, 1/25/1748.

The name Benson lives primarily because of his Bible commentary.  The Methodist Conference (1808), by vote, requested him to write it.  It was finished in 1818. It is reported that many days he worked on it from five AM till eleven PM.  One source sees it as a “monument of his piety, an extensive biblical knowledge, as well as of his general erudition.”

It is reported that a day or two before death, Adam Clarke came to visit. Clarke said to Benton, “Well, sir, you are not far from the Kingdom of God.” “I am not only not far from the Kingdom of God, but I am sure of finding God in that Kingdom,” was Benton’s reply.

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