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John Collins (1787-1854)

John Collins was converted at the age of twenty. He served for many years as a local preacher and for the last sixteen years of his life, was connected with the Leeds Town Mission. He also made periodic journeys to preach in places as far apart as North Wales and the Orkney Islands.

Collins lived in the Midlands (his son Thomas was born at Solihull in Warwickshire in 1810) before moving to Leeds where he died after a long illness. His wife was Ann Collins (1784-1854), who died only a short time after her husband. Their son was the Wesleyan minister Thomas Collins.

Collins was a correspondent of Mary Tooth, the companion of Mary Fletcher. Two of his letters are contained within the Fletcher-Tooth archive.

Source: Fletcher-Tooth Archive MAM Fl.2.1/13-14 (MARC) and Arminian Magazine 1854, p.286 (obituaries of John and Ann Collins appear on the same page)

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