William Stevens

(1732—1807) hosier and religious writer

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(1732–1807), Anglican religious writer. He was born at Southwark, and educated at Maidstone together with his cousin, G. Horne. He later became partner of a hosier and studied theology in his leisure time. He belonged to the circle of ‘Hutchinsonians’ and acquired an extensive knowledge of the Scriptures, the early Fathers, and such Anglican divines as L. Andrewes and Jeremy Taylor. His works were chiefly pamphlets, collected as Οὐδενὸς Ἔργα (‘Nobody's Works’) in 1805. One of his best-known studies is An Essay on the Nature and Constitution of the Church (1773), in which he defended episcopacy and the legislative power of the Church. He also edited the works of W. Jones of Nayland (12 vols., 1801) to which he prefixed a Life written by himself in the style of I. Walton.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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