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

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

Baptist Church, Wainsgate, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, Eng­land.


Fawcett was converted at age 16 under the ministry of George Whitefield. He 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.

  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. Parent of Good, Thy Works of Might
  14. Praise to Thee, Thou Great Creator
  15. Religion Is the Chief Concern
  16. Sinners, the Voice of God Regard
  17. Thus Far My God Hath Led Me On
  18. Thy Presence, Gracious God, Afford
  19. Thy Way, God, Is in the Sea
  20. With Humble Heart and Tongue