Painted by W. Gush, engraved by J. Cochran, mid/late 1800s
Engraving of Reverend Thomas Jackson (1783-1873), Wesleyan Methodist minister and historian.
Although Jackson had little education and started working life as a farm labourer, he converted to Methodism early and became a well-respected scholar. Jackson was made Connexional editor (1824-37 and 1839-41) and later as tutor for Theology at Richmond College (1842-61). He was twice elected President of the Wesleyan Conference, in 1838 and 1849.
Jackson published a number of well-known books, including 'The Centenary of Wesleyan Methodism' (1839), a biography of Charles Wesley (1841) and a number of editions of John Wesley's Works (1829-31). He also wrote about the lives of early Methodist preachers (1837-38).
Jackson's own memoirs were published the year he died (1873) and give a good overview of Methodism in the early to mid 1800s.