Silvester, Tipping (DNB00)

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SILVESTER, TIPPING (1700–1768), divine and author, born in 1700, was the son of John Silvester, linendraper, of St. Mary Woolnoth, London. His mother, Grace, daughter of George Tipping, draper, was descended from the family of Tipping of Shabbington in Buckinghamshire. Tipping matriculated from Pembroke College, Oxford, on 13 July 1717, graduated B.A. in 1721, and proceeded M.A. on 29 Jan. 1723–4. He was chosen a fellow of his college, and, taking holy orders, was presented by Prudence Tipping, on 21 March 1736–7, to the vicarage of Shabbington. There he resided until his death in 1768.

He was the author of:

  1. ‘Original Poems and Translations,’ London, 1733, 8vo.
  2. ‘A Critical Dissertation wherein Mr. Foster's Notion of Heresy is considered and confuted,’ London, 8vo; this provoked a burlesque reply from Joseph Danvers entitled ‘Tipping Tipt Justice,’ London, 8vo.
  3. ‘The Evidence of the Resurrection of Jesus vindicated,’ 2nd edit., London, 1744, 8vo.

A reply was published, entitled ‘The Resurrection Defenders stript of all Defence,’ London, 1745, 8vo. Silvester also published several sermons, translated the Psalms with explanatory notes (London, 1745, 8vo), and edited Cockman's ‘Select Theological Discourses,’ London, 1750, 8vo.

[Lipscomb's Hist. of Buckinghamshire, i. 450, 453; Brooke and Hallen's Transcript of Reg. of St. Mary Woolnoth and St. Mary Woolchurch Haw, p. 274; Foster's Alumni Oxon. 1715–1886; Danvers's Tipping Tipt Justice.]

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