Manlove, Timothy (DNB00)

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MANLOVE, TIMOTHY (d. 1699), presbyterian divine and physician, probably grandson of Edward Manlove [q. v.] the poet, was born at Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He was ordained at Attercliffe, near Sheffield, on 11 Sept. 1688, and his first known settlement was in 1691, at Pontefract, Yorkshire, where he was very popular. In 1694 he was invited to the charge of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds, and removed thither with some reluctance. His ministry at Leeds was able, but not happy. He succeeded a minister of property, and his own requirements were not met by the stipend raised. He obtained some private practice as a physician, and has been called M.D., but Thoresby describes him as ‘Med. Licent.’ At first on good terms with Ralph Thoresby the antiquary, he quarrelled with him on the subject of nonconformity. He removed in 1699 to Newcastle-on-Tyne as assistant to Richard Gilpin, M.D. [q. v.], and, when ‘newly gone’ thither, ‘dyed of a feaver’ on 4 Aug. 1699, in the prime of life, and was buried on 5 Aug. A funeral sermon, entitled ‘The Comforts of Divine Love,’ was published by Gilpin in 1700.

He published: 1. ‘The Immortality of the Soul asserted. … With … Reflections on a … Refutation of … Bentley's “Sermon,”’ &c., 1697, 8vo (against Henry Layton [q. v.]). 2. ‘Præparatio Evangelica … Discourse concerning the Soul's Preparation for a Blessed Eternity,’ &c. 1698, 8vo. William Tong classes Manlove with Baxter for his ‘clear, weighty way of writing.’

[Wilson's Dissenting Churches of London, 1810, iii. 506; Thoresby's Ducatus Leodiensis (Whitaker), 1816, App. p. 86; Thoresby's Diary, 1830, i. 291; Hunter's Life of O. Heywood, 1842, p. 356; Wicksteed's Memory of the Just, 1849, pp. 43 sq.; Miall's Congregationalism in Yorkshire, 1868, pp. 302, 333; Turner's Nonconformist Register of Heywood and Dickenson, 1881, p. 96; Glover's Hist. of Derbyshire, vol. i. App. p. 108; Add. MS. 24488, f. 176.]

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