Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns."
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Jesus, my Love, my chief delight. B. Beddome. [Jesus, the Gift of God.] Published in Rippon's Selection, 1787, No. 171, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In Beddome's Hymns, 1817, No. 96, it is given as "Jesus, my Lord, my chief delight." This form is in the Hymns & Songs of Praise, N. Y., 1874.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…