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" Mr . RobektBagstkrwas minister here about 26 yeai » . He was a worthy man , and quite the gentleman . Before he caiae here * he was chaplain to Lady Haafey . He lies buried near
the north side of St . Andrew ' s , East Street , Churchyard ; but has no * stone . He died about the year 1730 - Mr . Browne of Portsmouth published a sermon preached at his ordination , January 9 , 1706-7 ; and Mr . Loveder , of Havant , preached his funeral scr ^
mon " . Mr . John BoucMer never was pastor of the church at Chichester ; but he preached there alternately with Mr . Bagster , some years . At one time they held Arundel , at another
Midhurst , but the longest time Havant with Chichester ; and preached alternately at these places . He lies buried iathe aisle of St . Andrew ' s Church , East Street . The date upon his stone is September 20 , 1720 .
" Mr . John Pkedden came to Chichester Dec . 25 , 1730 , and continued pastor of this church to the day of his death , the 26 th January , 1761 He lies buried in the south west corner of St . Martin ' s Church , in this city . ' He was the son of a gunsmith in the Minories , London , where he was born . He received his academical
learning under Or . Thomas Ridgley * a very rigid Independent . He preach- * ed first at Andover , a bdrough town in Hampshire ; afterwards at ff hit ~ church , another borough town in the same county . From whence he removed to Guildford , in Surrey , where
he was ordained by Mr . Daniel Mayo , of Kingston-trpon-Thames , Mr . Daniel Neale , ( author of the History of the Puritans , ) and others . Mr . Neale , beiug an Independent , did not join in laying , his whole hand on his head
in the ion position of hands , but his little finger onl y * He remained pastor at Guildfard twelve years . Hr * Avery retiring to Guild fold two or three sum mers , Mr , Preddea fell into an
intimate acquaintance with him , which proved a great happiness to Mr . Predden . For as Dr . A very told me htnw aalf , he found in Mr . Predden great honesty and integrity , and a mind
strongly jdi »|> Qsed-to embrace truth ; hut at tbei same itiate as atrongiy shackled and fcjAefed by the preju < Hc * tf be 4 * adUrabit * 5 d i& his , education , froinj ru&ich ^ byi hia : aciniaifitanc ^ . wich
the Dbctor , hv ( lecjame -at lengt-h entirely Ifree and generous ki his si * ntirinents . The single point he had io . view , was to discover tbe trath , witb * - '
out any fear ot * the consieqtien £ es ; which he was fully convinced rmist always in the end prove rig * h % , as he firmly believed God himself made that the rule of his own actions . That
freedom of seutiment which he hnbibed from his conversation with Dr . Avery , he ever after retaiaed through his whole life , without wavering , for I declare I never conversed with any one more candid and generous in his sentiments . Mr . Predden was so
sensible of his happiness from the Doctor ' s acquaintance , that he has often repeated it to me , that to him he was indebted for bis right sentiments and freedom from bigotry . ' " N . B . The above account was
communicated by Mr . Thomas Baker , surgeon ^ in King Street , London , an intimate friend of Dr . Avery ' s and Mr . Predden ' s . " Mr . Thomas Joel came to
Chichester Nov . 1760 , as an assistant to Mr . Predden , in which capacity ho continued till Mr . Predden ' s death ; and in about a fortnight after that time , he was chosen stated pastor , and continued to officiate in that relation
till'July \ 7 , 1763 . " John Hea p eame to Chichester August 6 , 1764 . " Thus far the record in the alreadynuentioned book : by whom it wad made does not appear . It is aJl in 6 ne
hand-writing . And the remarks about Mr . Predden are given as an extract % as it its afterwards said , from Mr . Baker , of London . * The - famil y oi that Mr . Baker originally , I Jtelieve , attended the chapel . Some of the descendants or relations live no \ y in
Chichester and its neighbourhood , but are members of the establishment . Dr . Baker of St . Albaa ' s , who is also of this family , supports the Unitarian interest in that place , and perhaps he could communicate many more inter ? eating particulars relative to the . early state of Nonconformity in this city .
After the worcte ^ A « ffU 8 t ; 6 , 1764 , " some one else ha * added respecting JVlr Heap , " that he preached till 1 / 88 , when becoming infirm , he ™* MriTi ^^ as . WiiirsotttmieeeededJ ^ ^ and-jaontmued nasior tiU > l&Qp , whewi
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1823, page 329, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1785/page/17/