Adams, John. (Northampton, England 1751-May 15, 1835, Northampton). Baptist. Apprenticed to an iron monger. At age eighteen, united with Baptist church in Northampton of which John Collett Ryland was pastor. Later excluded from the church because of a change of view. After retiring from business, he moved his residence several times bur subsequently returned to Northampton, where he died. His first hymns were published in the Gospel Magazine in 1776. One hymn ascribed to "S. P. R." in Service of Song but written by Adams begins:
Jesus is our great salvation,
Worthy of our best esteem!
This hymn appearing also in Rippon's Selection of 1813 concerns salvation by election as does one other hymn:
Sons we are through God's election.… Go to person page >
Jesus is our great salvation. J. Adams. [Election.] Published in the Gospel Magazine, May, 1776, in 6 stanza of 6 lines, and signed "J. A." In 1787 it was given in Rippon's Baptist Selection, No. 108, in 5 stanzas, and with the author's name. After J. Adams (q.v.) was expelled from the Baptist denomination, the hymn was continued in Rippon, but the author's name was withdrawn. The hymn is found in several modern hymn-books of a marked Calvinistic type, as Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, &c. This and other hymns by Adams were identified by his son, the Rev. S. Adams, sometime Vicar of Thornton, Leicestershire, (S. MSS.)
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)