Samuel Spalding was born in London on 30 May 1807 and died at the Cape of Good Hope, where he had gone to regain his health, on 14 January 1843. A partner in his father's firm, Spalding and Hodge, wholesale stationers of Drury Lane, London, he trained for the Congregational ministry at Coward College (London BA 1839; MA in mental and moral science 1840), but never held a pastorate. A breakdown in health, attributed in part to his intense habits of study, necessitated his removal to a warmer climate. Accordingly, he spent two years in Italy, during which time he wrote The Philosophy of Christian Morals. He returned to England, hoping to see the book through the press, but, unable to face the winter, set off for the Cape of Good Hope, where he died. His book, published posthumously in 1843, was received with gratitude for its insight, and regret that the considerable acumen it showed would not further be developed.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.