On this date, March 7, 1799, the Methodist preacher, song writer and editor died. He was appointed by John Wesley as supervisor of the Methodist press. Wesley later removed him from that position because “the errata were insufferable!”

He is buried in Wesley’s own tomb, in the City Road burying-ground. Olivers was the author of several books including the famous Letter to Toplady. This was a part of the Calvinistic controversy among the early Methodists, in which Olivers figured prominently

And one of his better-known songs is The God of Abraham Praise.

The errata were insufferable

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