Engraving of the 33 year-old Revd. Peard Dickinson (1758-1802).
Originally from Devon, Dickinson went to St Edmund Hall, Oxford, in 1779 and shortly after to Hertford College. By that time, he was already a Methodist, having been converted in his teens by the wife of his first employer.
Dickinson spent his university holidays in London, where John Wesley took him visiting the sick and needy. Wesley called him a 'very pious and sensible young man'. Dickinson was ordained deacon in 1783 and was asked by John Wesley to assist him at Wesley's Chapel, City Road, in 1786.