From SOCINIANISM IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND, 1951 by John McLachlan
Knowles continued to live in London until his death. A Unitarian pamphleteer, writing in 1698, reports that he was a well-known figure in religious circles during the years following his release from the Gatehouse and that when he died he bequeathed 'some Books of value to the Library at Glocester ; and a Third of all he had, for the Relief of Men persecuted for Religion, and other Charities'.4 Probably our heretic was the John Knowles interred in the churchyard of St. Peter's, Cornhill, on 23 November 1677.5 His will, dated 1 May 1676, was proved on 10 October 1679. It enumerates his charitable bequests : out of a sum of over £480 in legacies £186 was devoted to charity. .. among the beneficiaries .. were Christopher Crellius the elder' (£10) and 'his exiled friends and countrymen that are in want' (£90). His books Knowles left to two nephews and a London friend, excepting the folio volumes of the Bibliotheca Fratrum Polonorum and the Critici Sacri which he gave 'to bee of common use to any in the publiqe Library at Glocester'.6 (Etc.)
Author Knowles, John, fl. 1646-1668. Title A modest plea for private mens preaching. Or An answer to a booke intituled, Private men no pulpit-men; composed by Master Giles Workman ...
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