the founder of a minor sect called Sandemanians, a branch of the
Glasites, was born at Perth in 1723. He studied for two years at the
university of Edinburgh, but afterwards engaged in the linen trade,
first at Perth, and subsequently at Dundee and Edinburgh. He married
Catherine, daughter of Rev. John Glas, founder of the Glasites. In 1757
he published a series of letters on the Rev. James Hervey’s ‘Theron and
Aspasio,’ to show that a justifying faith means nothing more than a
simple assent to the divine mission of Christ, a doctrine which led to
considerable controversy. IN 1758 he commenced a correspondence with Mr.
Samuel Pike, an Independent minister of London, who adopted his views,
and in 1760 he himself removed to London, where he attracted much notice
by his preaching. In 1764 he accepted an invitation to New England,
where he died, April 2, 1771. His followers received the name of
Sandemanians, which they still retain. The sect, which has never been
very numerous, has more congregations in America than in Great Britain.
For an account of their tenets and practices, see the third volume of
Wilson’s ‘History and Antiquities of the Dissenting Churches,’ or Evans’
‘Sketch of all Denominations.’ Mr. Sandeman’s works are:
Letters on Theron and Aspasio. 1757.
Thoughts on Christianity.
The Sign of the Prophet Jonah.
The Honour of Marriage opposed to all Impurities.
On Solomon’s Song.
Correspondence with Mr. Samuel Pike.