Leonard Twells

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Leonard Twells (1684?–1742) was an English cleric and theological writer.

Life[edit]

His father John was Master of Newark School. He received his education at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1704.[1]

In 1722 Twells was presented to the vicarage of St. Mary's, Marlborough, Wiltshire. He took the degree of M.A. at Oxford by diploma, 7 December 1733, and was created D.D. in that university, 7 July 1740. In 1737 he was presented to the united rectories of St Matthew, Friday Street, and St Peter, Cheapside, in London. He was also a prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral, and one of the lecturers at St. Dunstan's-in-the-West.

Twells died at Islington on 19 February 1742, leaving a large family without provision.

Works[edit]

His works are:

  • ‘A Critical Examination of the late new Text and Version of the New Testament, wherein the editor's corrupt text, false version, and fallacious notes are detected and censur'd,’ 3 parts, London, 1731–2. Against Daniel Mace.
  • ‘A Vindication (and a Supplement to the Vindication) of the Gospel of St. Matthew, against a late tract entitled A Dissertation or inquiry concerning the canonical authority of the Gospel according to St. Matthew,’ 2 pts. London, 1735.
  • ‘A Second Vindication of the Gospel of St. Matthew,’ London, 1735.
  • ‘An Answer to the Enquiry into the meaning of Demoniacks in the New Testament,’ London, 1737.
  • ‘An Answer to the Further Enquiry into the meaning of Demoniacks in the New Testament, in a second letter to the author,’ London, 1738. This and the previous work were addressed to Arthur Ashley Sykes.
  • ‘The Theological Works of Dr. Pocock. To which is prefixed an account of his life and writings,’ London, 1740. This was a subscription of works of Edward Pocock.
  • ‘Twenty-four Sermons preached … at the lecture founded by the Hon. R. Boyle, and eight Sermons preached … at the lecture founded by the Lady Moyer,’ 2 vols. London, 1743; 2nd edit. 1755. Boyle Lectures and Moyer Lectures.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Twells, Leonard (TWLS700L)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Twells, Leonard". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.