The preacher among the Nonconformists who most fascinated Toplady was the Rev. Dr. Gill, of Carter Lane, Southwark, author of A Body of Practical Divinity and other solid works, a divine whose learning and Biblical dignity had passed into a proverb. Dr. Gill's voice rose clear and distinct above the babblement of the day. "For by grace," he taught, "are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." At first some of his people were alarmed. "In the name of prudence, dear sir," they said, running to him, "don't preach that. You will lose the subscriptions of your wealthiest members." "Don't talk to me of losing," replied Gill, sternly, "I am not afraid to be poor. I value nothing in comparison with gospel truths."