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Hammond, William, a Moravian minister of England, was born at Battle, Sussex, January 6, 1719. He graduated at Cambridge in 1739. He was converted in 1740. He joined the Calvinistic Methodists in 1743, and began to preach. Two years later he united with the Moravians, and continued with them until his death. He died in London August 19, 1783, leaving an autobiography in Greek which has never been published. In 1744 he published a volume titled Medulla Ecclesiae, which was considered of sufficient value and interest to be republished in England in 1779 and also in America in 1816 under the title The Marrow of the Church. In 1745 he published a volume of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, containing 161 original hymns, which are said to have been "much above the hymnology of the period." He was associated with John Cennick, author of "Children of the heavenly King." About twelve of his hymns are in common use.

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