Oc­to­ber 17, 1833, West Hack­ney, Lon­don, Eng­land.

De­cem­ber 23, 1899, Port­sea, Hamp­shire, Eng­land.

Matson was ed­u­ca­ted first un­der the Rev. J. M. Gould, and then at St. John’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge. Subsequently, he studied under Professor Nes­bitt at the Agricultural and Chemical College, Ken­ning­ton. In 1853, he underwent a great spiritual change.

Leaving the Church of England, he first joined the Me­tho­dist New Con­nex­ion body, then the Con­gre­ga­tion­ali­sts.

After theological training, he entered the ministry and held several pastorates, including Ha­vant, Hamp­shire; Gos­port; High­bury; Ports­mouth, and others. He retired in 1897. His works in­clude:

  1. Expectant of My Lord’s Command
  2. Father of All, Whose Wondrous Power
  3. Glory, Glory to God in the Highest
  4. God Is in His Temple
  5. I’m but a Little Child
  6. In Whom Shall I Find Comfort?
  7. Lord, I Was Blind
  8. Oh, Blessèd Life!
  9. Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Holy Way
  10. There Is a Home Where Angels Dwell