was an Irish poet, best known as the writer of the poem which became the hymn
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
JOSEPH MEDLICOTT SCRIVEN was born in Dublin and was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. He also spent four years at Addiscombe Military College, near to London. He emigrated to Canada over forty years ago.
His family is highly respectable, and his brother is a physician of standing, in Stephens Green, Dublin.
The special reasons for his emigration are not known to his friends here, but it may have been his conversion. About  he came to the neighbourhood of Rice Lake—10 miles from Port Hope, Ontario