'A narrative of the early life of the reverend John Farrent (who was born 15 Dec. 1783) written by himself 11 May 1806, and continued in the form of a diary to 12 Oct. 1813, the time of his settlement as pastor of the church at Isleham.'
Pasted to the front flyleaf is a memoir of John Farrent (1783-1832) by William Henry Black, extracted from the Gentleman's Magazine for Nov. 1832. Born at Palgrave in Suffolk, Farrent studied medicine and then theology. He served as a Wesleyan preacher until 1812 when he became a Baptist, subsequently settling as pastor of a small church at Isleham. In 1817 he moved to London to take up the pastorship of a Trinitarian chapel in Southwark. Farrent was an accomplished sportsman and died following an accident whilst firing a gun. He was twice married and had five children. His library was sold by Sotheby’s in November 1832.
200 x 130mm. 661 pages. Paper. In Farrent's neat and legible hand throughout. Early 19th-century binding of calf with gold-tooled double fillet border over boards; rebacked; paper label on spine reads 'John Farrent's Life & Diary 1783-1813'.
This manuscript was once in the possession of the antiquary William Henry Black (1808-72), whose name, with date 13 Nov. 1832, appears on the title page. Black's note of 'Appendices to this journal or diary' appears on p. 2 dated 9 Dec. 1832. A note on the flyleaf reads 'Sotheby & Co. 30/7/73 No. 948'. Given to St John's College Library by the administrator of J.E.B. Mayor (1825-1910) (book label, 1910). College bookplate inside front board.