The completion of this book would not have been possible without many expressions of kindness, encouragement, and practical assistance. The willingness of different churches and societies to allow me access to their records, and often provide hospitality as well, must be gratefully acknowledged, particularly the help of the Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society, the deacons of Brixton Tabernacle, London, and the elders of Grove Chapel, Camberwell. Thanks are also due to the staffs of various libraries used, including the Chester Record Office, the Greater London Record Office, John Rylands University Library, Manchester, the Manchester Central Reference Library, the Public Record Office, Kew, and the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh. Especial thanks are due to the Evangelical Library, London, the Strict Baptist Historical Society Library, the United Reformed Church Library, and the library of International Christian College, Glasgow.
This book is based upon a doctoral thesis undertaken at the University of Manchester. I would like to thank the Revd Dr Henry Rack for his constant availability as a supervisor, and helpful suggestions and advice. My gratitude is also due to Dr John Walsh for his encouragement to publish the work, and his suggestions and support throughout the subsequent process. I am grateful to many others who have offered help and direction along the way, particularly the late Revd Dr Ian Sellers, the Revd Dr Robert Oliver, Dr Carl Trueman, Dr Kenneth Dix, Professor John Briggs, and Mr B. A. Ramsbottom. I remain indebted to the wise help and direction of Professor David Bebbington and Dr Grayson Ditchfield in the process of revising the text for publication.
The original research upon which this book is based was made possible by the award of a British Academy postgraduate studentship, and assistance with travel to many archives was provided by a Celia Hughes bursary from the University of Manchester.
Special thanks are due to my mother and late father for their support and encouragement, and to my wife Christine, and my children Lee, David,