Born: 1 January 1734, Redruth, Cornwall
Died: 11 February 1820, Bath, England
Thomas Haweis was born in Cornwall. After practicing some time as a physician, he entered Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated. After being ordained, he became assistant preacher to Martin Madan at the Lock Hospital, London, and subsequently Rector of All Saints, Aldwincle, Northamptonshire. He was also Chaplain to Lady Huntingdon, and for several years officiated at her chapel in Bath (John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, 1905).
In the early 1790s, Haweis published two books with the same title: Carmina Christo, or Hymns to the Saviour.
- A book of music, undated, 27 pp., probably published in 1791, with seventeen hymn tunes composed by Haweis with words apparently written by Haweis.
- A book of the words to hymns, published in 1792, 182 pp., consisting of 139 hymns, which was enlarged to 256 hymns in a second edition in 1808, 341 pp.
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- Haweis, Thomas. 1791. Carmina Christo, or Hymns to the Savior, Designed for the Edification and Comfort of Those who Worship the Lamb that was Slain. Undated (but see The Hymn Tune Index), no publisher stated. 27 pp., 16 musical compositions with words.
- Haweis, Thomas. 1792. Carmina Christo, or Hymns to the Savior, Designed for the Edification and Comfort of Those who Worship the Lamb that was Slain. Bath, England: S. Hazard. 182 pp., 139 hymns (words), no music. Second Edition in 1808 published by S. and C. McDowall, London, with 341 pp. and 261 hymns.