Application to a reverend divine (Baxter?) on the point of conscience, suggested by Mr [Thomas] Baldwin, about leaving his own people, when invited to become the minister of Blackfriars Parish. See also a document signed by N. Gouge and another in Ms ‘Letters’ vol. v, f 80.‘Reverend Sir. Mr Baldwin having preached twice the last Lords day; and once the Lords day before with us, and we having had discourse with him at severall times, have received that full satisfaction of his ministeriall abilities and humble and pious carriage, that it is the earnest desire of all the pious and well affected in our Parish, that he should be our Minister;’ f 387r: ‘Blackfr. Lond. Novemb. 20. 58. Fra: Barksdale, William Savage, Lawrence Keeble, Abraham Miller, John Lawrence, William Bradford, Simon Mycott (?), Ni: Gouge, Tho: Paul, Tho: Mandesley, John Sallum, Will Wilson, John Younge, Thomas Stayners, Roger Standish, Samuell Clarke, Andrew Lawson, Lawrence Very, Willam Aspinall, William Waller, Tho: ffeatherstone, Will Champneys, Edm: Martin.’
Case of conscience about becoming the minister of St Anne’s, Blackfriars
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Nicholas Gouge may have been the son of William Gouge (ODNB), the Puritan rector of St Anne’s, from 1621 until his death in 1653.
Other Finding Aids
Argent / Black iv.111; Thomas p.9
- For Thomas Baldwin, Abraham Miller (Millar) and Nicholas Gouge see Corr 522 which is this item and also Corr 524.
- For Thomas Baldwin of Wolverley and Chaddesley Corbett see DWL/RB/1/59