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Dr. William Bates, one of the most eminent of the Puritan divines, and who took part in the Savoy Conference. His collected writings were published in 1700, and fill a large folio volume. The Dissenters called him silver-tongued Bates. Calamy affirmed that if Bates would have conformed to the Established Church he might have been raised to any bishopric in the kingdom. He died in 1699, aged seventy-four.

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Bill   Link to this

Bates' works are still in print, I have the 4 volume set. I have read some of them and they are very good.

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More: BRIEF MEMOIR OF THE REV. W. BATES, D. D. By Rev. W.Farmer:
Born nov 1625 Emanuel Coll: then King's Coll; 1644 BA 1660 DD
"Eleuchus motuum nuperrime". was produced by his father
talk of the Savoy conference
.' Dr. Gunning appeared to lean considerably towards a reconciliation of the church of England to Rome. He used, says Bishop Burnet, all the arts of sophistry in as confident a manner, as if they had been sound reasoning, and was very fond of Popish rituals and ceremonies.


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BATES (William), an eminent Nonconformist Divine was born in November 1625; admitted in Emanuel-college in Cambridge, and from thence removed to King's-college in 1644; took the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1647; and admitted Doctor of Divinity by the King's letters, dated November 9, 1660. Soon after the Restoration, he was appointed Chaplain to King Charles II, and became Minister of St Dunstan's in the West; but was deprived of that benefice for Nonconformity. He was one of the Commissioners at the Conference in the Savoy, in 1660, for reviewing the publick Liturgy, and was concerned in drawing up the Exceptions against the Common Prayer.
---Biographia Britannica. 1747.

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Dr. William Bates, minister of St. Dunstan's in the West, in the former part of this reign, was a man of a good and amiable character; much a scholar, much a gentleman, and no less a Christian. His moderation and sweetness of temper, were known to all that conversed with him; among whom were eminent and pious men of various persuasions. Dr. Tillotson's friendship for him began early; and as his merit was invariably the same, it continued without interruption, to the end of that prelate's life. His abilities qualified him for the highest dignities in the church: and it is certain that great offers were made him; but he could never be prevailed with to conform. All his works except his "Select Lives of illustrious and pious Persons," to which his own life would be a proper supplement, were published in one volume folio. He is esteemed the politest writer of his age, among the Presbyterians. Ob. 1699.
(Near 2000 persons, among whom was Dr. Bates, were silenced and deprived for nonconformity, after the Restoration.)
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

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BATES, WILLIAM (1626-1699), presbyterian divine: B.A. King's College, Cambridge, 1647; held living of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West, London; ejected, 1662; royal chaplain and commissioner for Savoy conference, 1660; D.D. by royal mandate, 1661; made repeated unsuccessful efforts to obtain relief for nonconformists; published theologlcal writings.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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