A selection from a letter by Joseph Kinghorn, while a student at the Baptist College in Bristol, England, to his father, writing of the influence of Jonathan Edwards on his life. The letter was written on March 7, 1785:
There are many of Jonathan Edwards’ Treatises, Sermons, &c. [in a pastor’s library he had access to], which I never saw before, but intend to read as much as may be. I have read his Life and some sermons—such a life did I never read, he seemed to live a heaven on earth, and in abilities he was unrivalled, although his learning was not very extensive. But might I be any man I ever heard of or saw it should be Jonathan Edwards.
The Life and Works of Joseph Kinghorn, by Martin Hood Wilkin, reprinted by Particular Baptist Press, 1995, p. 84.