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Joseph Beaumont (1794-1855)

Joseph Beaumont was born in Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, the son of the Wesleyan minister John Beaumont. He was educated at Kingswood School, and after working for a short time in a chemists shop, entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1813.

While stationed in Edinburgh 1821-24, he began to study medicine and received an MD during his second circuit appointment there, 1833-36.

Beaumont was a strong advocate of overseas missions. A political liberal, he was outspoken in his opposition to the dominance of Jabez Bunting within the Wesleyan Church. He spoke against the expulsion of James Everett in 1849 and himself faced an attempt to degrade him from his superintendency.

Beaumont was a gifted preacher who was much in demand. His value as a minister was however impaired in the eyes of some of his contemporaries by 'an exaggerated sentiment of personal independence'. Beaumont collapsed and died during a service at Waltham Street Chapel in Hull.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1855 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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