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 >
Sons we are through God's election. [Election.] This hymn was given in the Gospel Magazine, April, 1777, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, based on the words, "’The godly consideration of Predestination and Election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to godly persons.' — Church of England, Article XVII;" and signed " S. P. K." In J. Dobell's New Selection, 1806, it was repeated, with slight alterations, and the omission of stanzas iii., and given as by " R-----." From the New Selection it has passed into other hymnbooks in the same form. In the S. MSS., the Rev. S. Adams says he believes this hymn to be his father's, but gives no proof, as he has done with others of his father's hymns. The hymn certainly reads like one of Adams's compositions; but his authorship is open to doubt. His usual signature in the Gospel Magazine was "J. A."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)