John Fawcett, a Baptist minister working at a parish in Wainsgate received a call to join a larger parish in London. As he and his wife loaded the wagon with their possessions for the move, they were surrounded by their beloved parishioners. Moved by their love and concern, Fawcett ordered the wagon unpacked and stayed at Wainsgate for a total of fifty years. The hymn was first written under the title Brotherly Love.
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