John Eames

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John Eames (2 February 1686 – 29 June 1744) was an English dissenting tutor.



Eames was born in London on 2 February 1686. He was admitted to Merchant Taylors' School [1] on 10 March 1696–7, and was subsequently trained for the dissenting ministry. He preached only once and seems never to have been ordained.

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Of his theological work nothing remains; on 13 February 1735 he took part with Samuel Chandler and Jeremiah Hunt, in an arranged debate with two Roman Catholic priests, at the Bell Tavern in Nicholas Lane. Eames, who was unmarried, died suddenly on 29 June 1744, a few hours after giving his usual lecture. He was buried in Bunhill Fields burial ground.

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He published nothing of his own, but was concerned in the following:

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  1. Charles John Robinson (1882). A register of the scholars admitted into Merchant Taylor's School, from A.D. 1562 to 1874. Printed and published for the editor by Farncombe. pp. 337–. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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