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Jasper Robinson (1727-1797)

Jasper Robinson was born at Wooburn Green near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. His parents died when he was 12 after which his grandmother raised him. At the age of 15 Robinson moved to London to serve an apprenticeship. When his apprenticeship term expired, he moved to Worcester and worked in a china factory for two years and afterwards went to Liverpool.

Robinson first reflected on his spiritual state in about 1759 while he was still in Liverpool. He began to pray and fast and in 1761 moved to Leeds where he joined the Methodist society. He was converted under the influence of a sermon of John Wesley and in 1765 felt that he was in a state of perfection but soon lapsed into a state of unbelief. His conversion process continued for many years.

In 1776 Robinson became an itinerant preacher and went on to serve circuits in the North of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man.  His last circuit was Horncastle where he died on 6 December 1797.

Source: Methodist Magazine 1790, 575ff, Methodist Magazine 1798, 231ff and Minutes of Conference 1798

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