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Jacob Grigg, Cornwall’s first missionary: a talk by Stephen Dray

Stephen Dray has a special interest in the ‘forgotten era’ of Cornish evangelicalism: the years 1750- 1850. He received a doctorate in Paris for his work on George Charles Smith of Penzance and has also written biographies of Thomas Wills (Truro and St Agnes) and James Bakewell Wildbore (Falmouth).

Jacob Grigg, contemporary of William Carey, was the first English missionary to Africa. Expelled from Sierra Leone by the Governor, he spent the rest of his life among the largely pioneering communities of Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. There he was regarded as one of the finest preachers, evangelists and theological thinkers of his generation. A man of high principle, he suffered for his commitment to emancipation. In later years he fought, and won, a battle against alcoholism.

Date: Saturday 2 Jun

Time: 12:15 – 1:15pm

Venue: The Christian Bookshop, Westgate St.

Cost: free (no booking necessary)

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