poniedziałek, 23 stycznia 2017

Amazing Grace for Dan Godleip Tolkien

Source: Visit London
When Luthern furrier, Daniel Gottlieb Tolkien (born in Gdańsk in 1747) became a Methodist, Dan Godleip (see here) his address was 12 Hoxton Square, London (attested in 1811). He and his wife Ann were the owners of this house (see here). Hoxton is a very interesting neighbourhood. According to Wikipedia:
Hoxton Square was laid out by Samuel Blewitt and Robert Hackshaw, who leased the land from the Austen family in 1683.[1]
Hoxton and Charles Squares, as well as being fashionable neighbourhoods, were centres of non-conformist sects. From 1699 to 1729 an Academy, offering a wide curriculum and also allowing "free enquiry" by its students, was situated in the square. Samuel Pike, who lived in a house in the square, offered theological teaching from 1750. Samuel Morton Savage opened his Hoxton Square Academy there. The Academy closed in 1785.[2]
 Austen family is the family of Daniel G. Tolkien's wife, Ann Austen! What is more interesting:
The Christian theologian John Thomas, founder of the Christadelphian movement, was born at Hoxton Square in 1805,[4] and in 1810 the square was home to Peter Durand, who filed the first English patent for the tinning of food.
One of Hoxton Square's 18th-century residents, the Reverend John Newton,[5] composed the popular hymn "Amazing Grace". The parish church of St John's Hoxton is nearby, where one of Prince George of Cambridge's ancestors was married in the mid-19th century.
As we know Daniel G. Tolkien was buried on 2 June 1813 by Wesleyan Chapel, City Road, London (see here). If we wanted to find a song which would best fit the religious atmosphere of the last years of Dan Godleip "Amazing Grace" would be the best choice:

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