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Thomas Marriott (1786-1852)

Thomas Marriott was born in Hoxton Square, London, son of the noted Methodist philanthropist William Marriott. One of his early memories was of seeing Wesley in his coffin.

Marriott was educated at Mr Hewlett's school and by the clergyman Mr Pentycross of Wallingford. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to David Bruce, cabinetmaker and upholsterer of Aldersgate. Upon coming of age, he was given £3000 by his father to enter the cabinetmaking business in Camomile Street. The business did not prosper and when Marriott's father died in 1815, he left the trade.

After his retirement, Marriott took up residence in Windsor Terrace where he built up an excellent library and collection of Methodist memorabilia. He lost a considerable amount of money in 1818 and retired into private life thereafter apart from some successful dealings on the Stock Exchange.

Marriott was a devout Methodist all his life. He died in November 1852, leaving £10,000 to the Wesleyan Missionary Society and the residue of his estate to the Worn-out Preachers' Fund. 

Marriott was married in 1808 to Charlotte Emelie Instell Rance, step-daughter of the Methodist minister Walter Griffith. She died on 19 May 1834. The couple were childless.

Source: City Road Chapel, London, and its Associations by George J. Stevenson (London 1872), 574-576.

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