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WILLIAM BATES (1625-1699)

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 510 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WILLIAM BATES (1625-1699)  ,
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English
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nonconformist divine, was born in
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London in November 1625 . He was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and removed thence to King's College in 1644 . Of Presbyterian belief, he held the rich living of St Dunstan's-in-the-West, London . He was one of the commissioners at the
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conference in the Savoy, for reviewing the public liturgy, and was concerned in
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drawing up the exceptions to the
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Book of
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Common Prayer . Notwithstanding this he was appointed
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chaplain to Charles, II., and was offered the deanery of
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Lichfield and Coventry, but he came out in 1662 as one of the 2000 ejected ministers . Bates was of an amiable character, and enjoyed the friendship of the lord-keeper Bridgeman, the lord-chancellor Finch, the
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earl of Nottingham and Archbishop Tillotson . With other moderate churchmen he made several efforts towards a comprehensive settlement, but the bishops were uncompromising . He addressed William and Mary on their accession in behalf of the dissenters . After some years of pastoral service at Hackney he died there on the 14th of
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July 1699 . Bates published Select Lives of Illustrious and Pious Persons in Latin; and after his
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death all his
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works, except this, were printed in r vol, fol.; again in 1723; and in 4 vols.8vo in 1815 . They treat of
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practical
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theology and include Considerations on the Existence of
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God and the Immortality of the Soul (1676), Four Last Things (1691), Spiritual Perfection (1699) .

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