Samuel Badcock

(1747—1788) theologian and writer on literature

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Samuel Badcock was born at South Molton in Devon on 23 February 1747 of dissenting parents, and died on a visit to London on 19 May 1788. He was trained for the dissenting ministry and became pastor at Congregations at Wimborne, Dorset (1766–9) and then Barnstable, Devon (1769–78). He became acquainted with Joseph Priestley and contributed to the latter's Theological Repository a paper objecting to the Socinian hypothesis: Priestley thought it weak but included it for the sake of balance. Badcock's sympathy with some of Priestley's views sparked off a dispute with his congregation which led him to return to South Molton where he ministered until 1786. Becoming dissatisfied with dissent, he was ordained to the Established Church in 1787. By that stage, according to Priestley's son, he had become a bitter enemy. His last months of ill health were spent at the Octagon Chapel in Bath. He died on a visit to London.


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