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Allen, William (d. 1686), religious writer and controversialist, went to London about 1630. Nothing is known of his earlier life. In 1640 or 1641 he joined the church ministered to by John Goodwin, vicar of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London. He continued as a member when in 1645 it adopted congregational principles, and subsequently he became an elder. ...

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Howard, Luke (1621–1699), Quaker activist and writer, was born at Dover on 18 October 1621, the son of Robert Howard (c.1580–1625), a shoemaker, and his wife, Susanna. His mother married a butcher when Luke was eight, but when he came to decide on his future occupation 'something in my Conscience … stirred against Evil, and made me dislike a Butcher's Life and Trade' (...

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Lamb, Thomas (d. 1686), linen draper and philanthropist, was for many years confused with a namesake, a soap-boiler by trade: remarkably, both men were prominent General Baptists. The overwhelming evidence that they were not the same individual includes a petition subscribed in 1656 by two ...

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Charlotte Fell-Smith

revised by M. J. Mercer

Rudd, Sayer (d. 1757), dissenting minister and Church of England clergyman, was a minister of fluctuating religious convictions, whose first ministerial experience seems to have been as an assistant pastor in the Particular Baptist chapel in Glasshouse Street, Westminster, around the period 1716 to 1723. Later he was a member of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by R. K. Webb

Wright, Richard (1764–1836), General Baptist minister, eldest son and second child of six, was born at Blakeney, Norfolk, on 7 February 1764 and baptized there the following day. His father, Richard Wright, was a labourer; his mother, Anne (d. 1810), claimed cousinship with ...

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Writer, Clement (d. 1659x62), religious controversialist, was one of three known surviving children of unidentified parents. Given his prolonged association with Worcestershire it is possible that he descended from the county. He claimed to have received little formal education, and never married. He first appears in 1627 in conjunction with ...