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Thomas Wills (1740-1802)


Thomas Wills was born in Truro, Cornwall. He came under the influence of the Anglican evangelical Samuel Walker while a pupil at Truro Grammar School and was a friend of Thomas Haweis while a student at Magdalen Hall Oxford.

Wills was ordained into the Church of England in 1762 and served as a curate in Samuel Walker's parish. He met the Countess of Huntingdon in 1772 and married her niece two years later. He preached extensively for the Countess and supervised the work of her Connexion in Cornwall. Wills was appointed one of her chaplains in 1778 and after his censure by the ecclesiastical court, left the Church of England and served as the minister at the Countess's chapel in Spa Fields, London.

Wills fell out with the Countess and was dismissed in 1788. He then became the dissenting minister at Silver Street and Islington Chapels before retiring to his native county in 1799.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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