John Palmer (Unitarian, 1729?–1790)
John Palmer (1729?–1790) was an English Unitarian minister.
In 1755 he became assistant to John Allen M.D. (d. 31 December 1774, aged 72), Presbyterian minister at New Broad Street, London. When Allen moved (1759) to Worcester, Palmer became pastor. The congregation declined, and ceased in 1772 to contribute to the Presbyterian fund. On the expiry of the lease of the meeting-house (1780) the congregation was dissolved, and Palmer left the ministry.
He published, in addition to funeral sermons for George II (1760) and Caleb Fleming (1779), and a funeral oration for Timothy Laugher (1769):
- 'Prayers for the use of Families,' &c, 1773; 2nd edit. 1785.
- 'Free Thoughts on the Inconsistency; of conforming to any Religions Test as a Condition of Toleration,' &c., 1779.
- 'Observations in Defence of the Liberty of Man as a Moral Agent,' &c., 1779; and 'An Appendix to the Observations,' &c, 1780.
- 'A Summary View of the Grounds of Christian Baptism,' &c., 1788, (defence of infant baptism).
He edited (1766) the posthumous commentaries of John Alexander.
- "Palmer, John (1729?-1790)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.