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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, George Benson (search)
otected them from many snares and perils with which others have to contend in the full exercise of that liberty wherewith Christ hath made them free! In 1742, Mr. Benson was a second time married, to Mary, daughter of Mr. William Kettle, of Birmingham; at which place he some time afterwards declined an invitation to settle, as colleague with Mr. Bourn in the pastoral charge of the New Meeting, since served by Priestley, Toulmin, and other eminent men. In 1743 appeared The Reasonableness ohe Gospels, a New Translation of the Epistles, &c. Another, less known to fame, but not less worthy, though the shortness of his mortal career did not afford him the opportunity of acquiring such extensive reputation, was Mr. John Alexander, of Birmingham, who is mentioned by Dr. Priestley, in his Memoirs, as his favourite fellow student, and a young man of very high and distinguished attainments. He died in 1765, in the 30th year of his age. He published nothing in his lifetime, except a few c
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Dissenting Academics. (search)
s, from whose very brief prefatory notice of the author the preceding particulars have been derived. The sermons shew him to have been an Arian of the same school with Peirce, Chandler, and other liberal divines among the Presbyterians of the earlier part of the last century; and they are productions not unworthy to be ascribed to one whose chief study was that of the Holy Scripts tures of the Old and New Testament; for which he was eminently qualified by a penetrating understanding, critical skill in the learned languages, and a good acquaintance with history and antiquity. Besides Mr. Willets, Messrs. Hawkes and Blyth, of Birmingham, Fownes of Shrews. bury, Turner of Wakefield, Bond of Stand, White of Derby, Harrrison of Lancaster, Moore of Abingdon, and Ward of Yeovil, are known to have been pupils of Dr. Latham. All these, and doubtless many others, adopted antitrinita-rian opinions as the result of the liberal and unfettered system on which their education had been conducted.
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Caleb Rotheram, D. D. (search)
ed. In the year 1757 Mr. Clark quitted the academy on being invited to become one of the ministers of the congregation assembling in the Old Meeting-house at Birmingham, as joint-pastor with the Rev. W. Howell. A connexion at this time subsisted between this congregation and that at Oldbury, about five miles from Birmingham, tBirmingham, the two ministers officiating alternately at each place. Here he continued for twelve years the highly popular and useful minister of an attached congregation. In 1761, the reputation which he had acquired during his connexion with the academies of Northampton and Daventry pointed him out to the trustees of the Warrington academyo fill the station which he had quitted. On December 3, 1769, as he was setting out for Oldbury, Mr. Clark was thrown from his horse in one of the streets of Birmingham, and was taken up insensible. After languishing for three days, he died in consequence of the injury he had received. A funeral sermon was preached on the occ