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W. P. Courtney

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Poynder, John (1779/80–1849), lawyer and evangelical activist, was the eldest son of a City of London tradesman and his evangelical wife. He was educated briefly at the Newington Butts school of Joseph Forsyth, where he imbibed a lasting love of literature. As a young man he hoped to become an Anglican clergyman but he was persuaded by family pressures to become a solicitor instead, and for nearly forty years he served as clerk and solicitor to the royal hospitals of ...

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Watson, Robert (d. 1559), lawyer and evangelical preacher, was born in the city of Norwich. He was admitted BCL at Oxford on 1 July 1528. Nothing else is known about Watson before 1539. On 23 February that year, Bishop William Rugge preached a sermon at ...