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EDWARDS , MORGAN ( 1722 - 1795 ); Baptist minister and historian ;

b. at Pontypool 9 May 1722 , and educated at Trosnant and at Bristol Baptist Academy . After being at Boston , Cork , and Rye , he was invited to Philadelphia , U.S.A. , where he ministered from 1761 to 1771 . Thereafter he was an occasional preacher and lecturer , except during the War of Independence , when he adhered to the Crown . He d. at Pencader , Newcastle County , Delaware , 25 Jan. 1795 , and was buried at Philadelphia . Morgan Edwards , a conspicuously able and scholarly minister , did much for education: (1) at Philadelphia , of whose college he was M.A. and Fellow ; (2) in the college (now Brown University ) at Providence , Rhode Island (of which he was M.A. and Fellow ), the charter of which he helped to secure and for which he collected thousands of pounds in England and elsewhere. He also did invaluable work for American Baptist history: (1) the printing of the minutes of the influential Philadelphia Baptist Association ; (2) the publication, 1770 , of his Materials towards a History of the Baptists in Pennsylvania ; and (3) in 1792 , of a companion volume for New Jersey .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry , 489-91;
  • The Baptist Library , 1843 , i, 1843 , 293-6;
  • Minutes of the Philadelphia Baptists' Association , 1707-1807 .

Author:

Rev. Edward William Price Evans, M.A., (1887-1972), Pontypool

Published date: 1959