A native of Hull, born in 1794 or 1795, he was converted at 15 and joined the Methodist society in York. He had a good biblical and classical education and went to Cambridge, with a view to entering the Anglican ministry. But he maintained his connection with Methodism and became a WM minister. Benjamin Gregory reported that after the death of Adam Clarke and Richard Watson he was 'regarded as the most accomplished scholar in the Methodist ministry', though it has been suggested that his liberal views stood in the way of his being elected to the Presidency. Following a stroke while in the pulpit he died at Hull on 12 May 1843.