Josiah Pratt (1768–1844) was born at Birmingham, England. He was educated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and ordained as a deacon in 1792. During 1795–1804 he worked as an assistant minister under Richard Cecil at St. John’s Chapel, Bedford Row. He served 21 years as secretary (after Thomas Scott) to the Church Missionary Society. From 1804–1831 he became lecturer and assistant curate with John Newton at St. Mary Woolnoth. In 1826 he served as Vicar of St. Stephen’s, Coleman Street, London. He was active in promoting foreign missions work and helped form the British and Foreign Bible Society. He was part of the Eclectic society and started to publish the “Christian Observer.”
Memoir of the Rev. Richard Cecil
- Collection of Psalms and Hymns (A)
- Life and Remains of Cecil
- Propaganda, being an Abstract of the Designs and Proceedings of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, with Extracts from the Annual Sermons.
- Prospectus, with Specimens, of a New Polyglot Bible for the use of English Students.
- Works of Bishop Hall, 10 vol.
- Works of Bishop Hopkins, 4 vol.
- Works of Rev. Richard Cecil, 6 vol.