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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
a lecture set up in Pinner's Hall in the year 1672, by the Presbyterians and Independents, to show their agreement among themselves, as well as to support the doctrines of the Reformation against the prevailing errors of Popery, Socinianism, and infidelity. The principal ministers for learning and popularity were chosen as lecturers, such as Dr. Bates, D;. Manton, Dr. Owen, Mr. Baxter, Messrs. Collins, Jenlines, Mead, and afterwards Messrs. Alsop, Howe, Cole, and others. It was encouraged and supported by some of the principal merchants and tradesmen of the city. Some misunderstanding taking place, the Presbyterians removed to Salter's Hall and the Independents remained at Pinner's Hall, and each party filled up their numbers out of their respective denominations. This lecture is kept up to the present day, and is now held at Broad Street meeting every Tuesday morning.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Lectures, Merchants'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/l/lectures-merchants.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.