Thomas Cotterill was born in 1779; studied at S. John's College, Cambridge, graduating M.A.; ordained in 1806, and enterred upon parochial work at Tutbury; afterwards removed to Lane End, where he remained for nine years among the Potteries; in 1817, became perpetual Curate of S. Paul's, Sheffield. He died in 1823. He was the author of several books; among them, "A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, adapted to the Services of the Church of England." In the preparation of this collection (the 8th ed., 1819), he had the assistance of Montgomery, who in this work did what he condemned in others, viz., altering and remodeling other authors' hymns.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >
Thou boundless Source of every good. [Divine Guidance desired.] This hymn is a cento, and as such it appeared in T. Cotterill's Selection of Psalms & Hymns, first edition 1810, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "For the right improvement of the dispensations of Providence." It was repeated in Cotterill's Selection, 1819 and 1820; Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833; and again in a great many modern hymn-books, including the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, &c. It is sometimes abbreviated to 4 stanzas. Of the original cento stanzas ii., iii., iv., vi. are from O. Heginbothom's "Father of mercies, God of love," which was No. 9 of his Hymns, &c, Sudbury, 1794, but in an altered form; and stanzas i. and v. are probably by T. Cotterill.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)