Jackson, Laurence (DNB00)

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JACKSON, LAURENCE (1691–1772), divine, born on 20 March 1691, son of Laurence Jackson of London, entered Merchant Taylors' School on 12 March 1700–1, was admitted a pensioner of St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1709, and graduated B.A. in 1712. He migrated to Sidney Sussex College, of which he was elected a fellow, and commenced M.A. in 1716, proceeding B.D. in 1723. He became vicar of Ardleigh, near Colchester, 11 May 1723, rector of Great Wigborough, Essex, 25 April 1730, was collated to the prebend of Asgarby in the cathedral church of Lincoln 15 April 1747, and died on 17 Feb. 1772.

His works are: 1. Verses on the death of his ‘pious friend and schoolfellow,’ Ambrose Bonwicke the younger [q. v.], prefixed to Bonwicke's ‘Life,’ 1729, and reprinted in Nichols's ‘Literary Anecdotes,’ v. 154. 2. ‘An Examination of a Book intituled “The True Gospel of Jesus Christ asserted,” by Thomas Chubb, and also of his Appendix on Providence. To which is added A Dissertation on Episcopacy, shewing in one short and plain view the Grounds of it in Scripture and Antiquity,’ London, 1739, 8vo. The ‘Dissertation’ is reprinted in ‘The Churchman's Remembrancer,’ vol. ii., London, 1807, 8vo. 3. ‘Remarks on Dr. Middleton's Examination of the Lord Bishop of London's [T. Sherlock] Discourses concerning the Use and Intent of Prophecy. In a Letter from a Country Clergyman to his Friend in London,’ London, 1750, 8vo. 4. ‘A Letter to a Young Lady concerning the Principles and Conduct of the Christian Life,’ London, 1756, 8vo; 4th edit., London, 1818, 12mo. 5. ‘A Short Review and Defence of the Authorities on which the Catholic Doctrine of the Trinity in Unity is grounded,’ London, 1771, 8vo.

[Addit. MS. 5873, f. 8 b; Cantabrigienses Graduati, 1787, p. 211; Gent. Mag. xlii. 151, xlviii. 623; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), ii. 103; Morant's Essex, i. 421, 435; Nichols's Lit. Anecd. i. 418, v. 154; Robinson's Register of Merchant Taylors' School, ii. 4; Watt's Bibl. Brit.]

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