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Abraham Dickenson (1744-1804)

Abraham Dickenson was born at Bramley near Leeds, Yorkshire. He was raised in the Church of England but at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to a family of dissenters, whose religious practices began to exert an influence. In 1762 he was converted after attending Methodist preaching.

After finishing his apprenticeship (trade unknown), Dickenson was employed by his mother as a journeyman. For several years, in response to an appeal by John Wesley, he contributed five pence a week out of his annual wages of £4.17.6, for the purpose of paying off the debt on Methodist chapels. He subsequently started his own prosperous business, married Eleanor Thornton and raised a large family.

Dickenson was a devout Methodist until the end of his life, serving as a class leader in the Leeds Society. He was also a member of the circle which included Sarah Crosby and Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher.

Source: Arminian Magazine 1805, 101-106

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