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Boddington, George (1646–1719), merchant and Independent lay leader, was born on 15 October 1646, the first surviving son of George Boddington (1611–1671), packer, of St Margaret, Lothbury, London, and Hannah, daughter of Thomas Adams, of Philpot Lane, St Clement, Eastcheap, London. He was educated at various schools in ...

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Hardcastle, Joseph (1752–1819), merchant and evangelical activist, was born in Leeds on 7 December 1752, the younger son of John Hardcastle (fl. 1720–1766) and his wife, née Snowden, whose forename is unknown (d. 1787). In 1766 he came to London to live with his uncle, ...

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Mead, William (c. 1627–1713), Quaker patron and merchant, lived in London, where he became a prosperous linen draper and merchant; he was also a member of the Company of Merchant Taylors. He served as captain of a trained band and was a Seeker in religion, joining the presbyterians and Independents among others before finally becoming a Quaker early in 1670. Later that year, on 14 August, he was present at a large and crowded meeting in ...

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John Newton (1725–1807) by Joseph Collyer the younger, 1807 (after John Russell, 1788) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Newton, John (1725–1807), slave trader and Church of England clergyman, was born on 24 July 1725 in Wapping, London, the only child of John Newton (d. 1750), master mariner in the Mediterranean trade, and his first wife, Elizabeth (1705?–1732), whose maiden name was probably ...