John Eames

(1686—1744) Independent layman and tutor

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John Eames was born in London on 2 February 1686 and died on 29 January 1744. He attended Merchant Taylors' School from 1697 to 1702. He was originally destined for the dissenting ministry but natural diffidence and an apparent lack of pulpit talent led him to seek employment as a tutor. In 1712 he joined the Congregational Academy at Tenter Alley, Moorfields as tutor of classics and science. He succeeded Thomas Ridgeley as theological tutor – probably the only layman to do so in any dissenting academy – on the latter's death in 1734. Eames had a great reputation as a tutor. His pupils included Bayes, Jennings and Richard Price, and it appears that Archbishop Secker, still in his dissenting phase, attended his science classes. His friendship with Isaac Newton led to his election to the Royal Society (1724). He was also friendly with Isaac Watts, whose Knowledge of the Heavens and the Earth Made Easy (1726) he edited. It was at Eames's suggestion that Watts published his Logick (1724).


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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