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According to The Dictionary of National Biography, Alexander Fletcher (1787 - 1860) was a Presbyterian divine and MA, Glasgow. He came to London in 1811 and was minister of Albion Chapel in 1816. He was suspended after a breach-of-promise case in 1824. He separated from the Secession Church and was for thirty-five years minister at Finsbury Circus Chapel (the largest in London). He was ultimately restored. Reverend Fletcher was a charismatic preacher and was celebrated for his sermons to children and his "Family Devotions". William Bateman I was the second son of Jonathan and Ann Bateman and the grandson of Hester Bateman. The high quality of the engraving and the elegance of execution of this trowel strongly echoes his grandmother's style. This trowel is steeped in history and is undoubtedly a collector's piece.
|Height||11.70 inch||(29.72 cm)|
|Width||3.60 inch||(9.14 cm)|