Thomas Wilson (1654-1725) was an esteemed minister in the early Society of Friends, whose dedicated life manifested the “sweet savor of the knowledge of Christ in every place.” As a child, he gave up to follow the Lord out of the vanities of the world, and abiding faithfully under the cross, experienced its power “bringing forth judgment unto victory.” He became a powerful minister of the gospel (often the traveling companion of James Dickinson), whose preaching both pierced the hearts of the humble and confounded the minds of adversaries. His godly example in life, great humility, and self-denial greatly adorned his ministry, and he was made a watchful shepherd over the flock of Christ in England, Ireland, Scotland, and America.
Though [Thomas Wilson] had a large gift [in the ministry], beyond many, yet he was glad to hear the least child who spoke from the motion of God’s Spirit, having learned to cast down his crown at the feet of the Lamb, for whose exaltation he was given up to spend and be spent.- James Dickinson
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A journal of the life, travels, and gospel labors of Thomas Wilson, relating his experiences when young of the “ingrafted Word,” his call to preach the gospel, first at home and then elsewhere, and his diligence and effectiveness in the work of the ministry.
“In a particular manner, I became nearly united in the divine love and life of truth with my much esteemed friend Thomas Wilson, then of Cumberland, and afterwards of Ireland; who was to me the most able and powerful minister of the Word of Life in the age.”— Thomas Story