Thomas Wadsworth

(1630—1676) nonconformist minister and religious writer

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Thomas Wadsworth was born in Southwark, London on 15 December 1630 and died there on 29 October 1676. He was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1650–51, and was elected a Fellow in 1652. In 1654, having graduated MA, he became minister at St Mary's, Newington Butts, Surrey. In 1660 he was appointed perpetual curate of St Laurence Pountney and lecturer at St John the Baptist's, but was ejected from his living in 1662 as a result of the Act of Uniformity. He moved to Theobalds in the parish of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, where he preached privately and without payment, as he did also for a section of his old congregation at Newington Butts. He continued to minister throughout the plague in 1665 and, after the Great Fire of 1666, he began to preach in Southwark whilst continuing his work in Theobalds.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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