(d. c.1753), NT textual critic. Little is known of his life beyond the fact that he was a Presbyterian minister at Newbury from 1727 till his death. He anticipated conclusions which only met with general acceptance among textual critics over a century later, e.g. he disproved the authenticity of the text known as the Johannine Comma (1 Jn. 5: 7). His results were incorporated in The New Testament in Greek and English (2 vols., 1729), to which a reply in defence of the Textus Receptus was issued shortly afterwards by L. Twells (d. 1742).
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.