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Robert Hawker (1753-1827) was born at Exeter, and spent most of his life in Devon. He studied medicine and went on to complete 3 years of service in the Royal Marines as an Assistant Surgeon. Coming under some religious impressions, in 1778 he went to Oxford University to study for ministry in the Church of England. He became first, curate and then vicar of Charles, Plymouth in 1784. It wasn't until his early years here that he became clear about the doctrines of grace, but afterwards he went on to become a powerful preacher of the gospel, and advocate of High Calvinism. The gracious hymnwriter John Kent was numbered among his congregation, and put his theology to verse. He was awarded a doctorate of divinity from Edinburgh University in 1792 for his Sermons on the Divinity of Christ. He took on chaplaincy work to the Royal Marines garrison at Plymouth, and involved himself fully in ventures for the relief and support of his poor parishioners. He became well known for his 'Poor Man's Morning and Evening Portions', which were daily readings and meditations originally published in penny portions, to make them affordable to all. He went on to publish a whole Bible commentary, 'The Poor Man's Commentary', in 9 volumes, with an accompanying 'Poor Man's Dictionary and Concordance'. These are still in print from Solid Ground Christian Books, together with the reprints of much of his complete Works by Gospel Mission Books. All his writings are very Christ-centred, doctrinally robust and clear, but also experiential and savoury for hungry souls.

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