Born: 1775, Cumnor, Berkshire England.
Died: October 12, 1843, Southampton, England.
Buried: Southampton Old Cemetery, Southampton, England.
Pseudonym: Mrs. Vokes (probable). His Ye Christian Heralds, Go Proclaim was first published in John Griffin’s 1797 Selection of Missionary and Devotional Hymns, credited to
Draper’s family wanted him to become an Anglican priest, but could not afford to educate him. Instead, he joined the Clarendon Press in Oxford as a printer’s apprentice.
He began attending the Baptist church around that time, and after his apprenticeship, was admitted to the Baptist Academy in Bristol, headed by John Ryland.
Ordained in 1804, Draper became pastor of the Baptist church in Chipping-Norton, Oxfordshire. Later he moved to a pastorate in Southampton, where he stayed the rest of his life.
A number of his hymns appeared in the Baptist Magazine.
If you know where to get a good picture of Draper (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?