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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Thomas Emlyn (search)
on at the Barbican. His talents and learning were, however, estimated at their due value by some of those who were most competent to appreciate them; and he was admitted to the intimate friendship of several persons of high distinction and eminence, particularly Dr. Samuel Clarke and Mr. Whiston; who nearly agreed with him in religious opinions, and the latter of whom had suffered for his principles, though not to the same extent. In 1726, on the death of the excellent Mr. James Peirce, of Exeter, it was proposed to invite Mr. Emlyn to become his successor. As soon, however, as he was acquainted with it, he requested them to desist, thanking them for their respectful attention to him, and excusing himself from accepting an invitation on the ground of his declining years and increasing infirmities, He was naturally of a very cheerful and lively temper, and enjoyed a good state of health through the greater part of his life, the gout excepted, which by degrees impaired his constituti
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, James Peirce (search)
year 1713, when Mr. Peirce was invited to remove to Exeter, he was fully convinced that the common doctrine ofwere at that time three dissenting congregations at Exeter, assembling in different places of worship, but so ns, as they called them, were altogether unknown at Exeter; but this is denied by Mr. Peirce. The writings ofdisputes like those which at this time prevailed at Exeter increased the violence of party-spirit and sectariavehement sermon, charging some of the dissenters of Exeter with damnable heresies, denying the Lord that boughheir views on disputed points, again united. The Exeter controversy, in consequence of the appeal made by b The parties who had been severally applied to from Exeter, when it was determined on to lay the question befowerful body was favourable to the orthodox party at Exeter, and could not be contented without an express decl. He was buried in the churchyard of St. Leonard's, Exeter, and his friends were desirous of erecting a monume
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Hallet. (search)
Hallet. the name of Hallet, which frequently occurs in the preceding narrative, occupied a distinguished place for three generations in the history of Protestant dissent at Exeter. The first of the series was one of the venerable Two Thousand, ejected from Chesleborough, in Somersetshire. In 1672 he settled at Exeter, where he remained till his death in 1688, exercising his ministry as a faithful, affectionate pastor, under the dangers and trials to which Nonconformist ministers in those troubled times were continually exposed. He is said to have been a diligent student, and a fervent, clear, and impressive preacher. His immediate successor was Mr. G. Trosse, with whom his son, Joseph Hallet, jun., was associated as colleague in 1690. In 1710, this gentleman opened an academy for the education of candidates for the Christian ministry, which continued for several years. In the list of students at this institution we find the names of several who rose to eminence in the succe
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Nathniel Lardner (search)
that year, in the 85th year of his age. His remains were interred in the burial ground at Bunhill Fields, where he who loves to meditate on the records of English Nonconformity finds so many impressive memorials to enliven his grateful recollection of the venerable dead. Though Dr. Lardner was not permitted to finish his History of Ancient Heretics, his papers were found to be in such a state of forwardness as to justify his friends in committing them to the care of the Rev. John Hogg, of Exeter. By this gentleman the work was completed, under the guidance of such hints as the author himself had left for such parts as were not finished by his own hand, and finally published in 1780. Some allowance must, of course, be made for the circumstances in which this work was prepared, and, perhaps, for the inferior interest of the subject. It is, however, a subject of considerable interest and importance, and particularly well suited to so proverbially candid a writer as Lardner. No man
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, John Taylor, (search)
seen grandchildren On the birth of the first was written his tract, The value of a Child, republished in 1816, by Messrs. R. and A. Taylor. growing up around him, several of whom have been till very lately, and some of whom are still, in our churches, universally respected and esteemed. Dr. Taylor's eldest grandson, the Rev. Philip Taylor, late of Dublin, was born at Norwich, in 1747. He received his education first under Dr. Harwood, then of Congleton, afterwards in the academies of Exeter and Warrington. In 1767, he was chosen assistant to the Rev. John Brekell, of Benn's Garden, in Liverpool, whom he succeeded as minister of the congregation in 1770. In 1777 he removed to Dublin, as assistant to his father-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Weld, in the pastoral charge of the congregation assembling in Eustace Street, in that city. In this connexion he continued during the remainder of a life protracted to the advanced period of eighty-three years, universally and deservedly respected
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Dissenting Academics. (search)
siderable, which they exercised on the progress of knowledge, as well as on the development and general diffusion of those more just and rational modes of investigation which are most likely to conduct the professed inquirer after truth to what ought to be the only object of his search. The name of Hallet has already been mentioned, as mainly instrumental to the progress of free inquiry and of liberal opinions, by the just and impartial plan which he adopted in an academical institution at Exeter; and we now propose to introduce under the present title a few particulars of several other excellent men who have laboured, and not altogether without success, in the same good cause. Of several of the theological tutors in our earlier academies it is not, indeed, easy at this distance of time to ascertain the precise opinions on controverted points, especially when (as is the case in many instances) they did not receive a permanent form, through the intervention of the press, but were c
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Micaiah Towgood. (search)
nd, and his cousin Mr. Stephen Towgood, to the two united congregations of dissenters at James's Meeting and Bow Meeting, Exeter. The two former of his destined colleagues were the same who had taken such an active part against Mr. Peirce and Mr. Haprivate opinions and doctrinal views of individual Christians is an unwarrantable attempt to judge another's servant. At Exeter, all such pretensions appear from this time to have been abandoned; a circumstance which in the last public act of his lirhaps heartily condemn. Manning's Sketch of the Life of Towgood, p. 62. In 1758 he published a sermon preached at Exeter, on the Lord's day after receiving the account of the taking of Cape Breton. On this sermon, to which we may to a certaith many of whom better things might have been expected. In the year 1760, an academical institution was set on foot at Exeter for the education of young men destined for the Christian ministry, as well as for the other learned professions and the