A slave-trader turned preacher and abolitionist. Born Wapping. Began his ecclesiastical career at Olney in Buckinghamshire where he wrote the words to 'Amazing Grace' and published the hymn in a collection with William Cowper. Rector of St Mary Woolnoth 1780 – 1807, where he delivered an anti-slavery sermon that inspired William Wilberforce. Died at home, Coleman Street Buildings.