Little is known of his subsequent career till 1695 , when, in Dec. of that year, he was returned Member of Parliament for Pembroke borough ; he held the seat till 1702 . He re-entered Parliament and was Member for Haverfordwest till 1722 . His father d. 18 Jan. 1696/7 , and on 12 Dec. 1697 , Sir John , as 4th baronet , m. Mary , daughter and heiress of Anthony Smith , a rich East India merchant . She d. 18 Nov. 1722 , leaving three sons and three daughters. His sister Elizabeth 's daughter m. Sir Robert Walpole in 1700 .
From 1695 to 1737 Sir John was a leading figure in all the religious and philanthropic movements of the day — the Society for the Reformation of Manners , the S.P.C.K. , the S.P.G. , the East India Mission , and the Holy Club . He kept in constant touch with such religious reformers as A. H. Francke , A. W. Boehme , J. F. Osterwald , John and Charles Wesley , and George Whitefield , who was maintained by him for a while at Oxford . He was elected a member of the S.P.C.K. a month after it was founded, and remained its most influential member till his death. He made Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire the chief centres of the Society's work in Wales , founded twenty-two schools in the former county and several in the latter, and was chiefly responsible for the success of the early undertakings of his brother-in-law, Griffith Jones , Llanddowror (q.v.) , husband of his sister Margaret .
Mary Gwendoline Ellis, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959