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William Mew (1602–1669)

An active Westminster divine.

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Biography of William Mew (Mewe) (1602–1669):

The Works of William Mew available in old English (Puritan Publications is working to publish Mew’s sermon in a compilation of other individual sermons by Westminster Divines who do not have many works):

1. “The Robbing and Spoiling of Jacob and Israel.” Sermon before Parliament.

William Mew (Mewe) (1602–1669) was an English clergyman, a member of the Westminster Assembly. He is known also for a drama, Pseudomagia, and for the contribution to beekeeping of the design for a transparent hive.

Mew was a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was admitted in 1618 and gained a B.A. in 1622. Mew held also a B.D. degree.

On November 29, 1643 he preached a fast-day sermon to Parliament, later printed as “The Robbing and Spoiling of Jacob and Israel.” He is mentioned for constant attendance in the Westminster Assembly. He was approached to answer Milton’s divorce tracts, as he wrote in 1659 to Richard Baxter. In this frank correspondence Baxter expressed his deepest fears and suspicions, becoming at one point (August 6, 1659) “hysterical.”

He became vicar of Eastington, Stroud in Gloucestershire, for which the patron was Nathaniel Stephens, a local MP and one of Oliver Cromwell’s colonels. Previously he had been a lecturer in London. Known as a preacher, he conformed in 1662. He was a commissioner for Gloucestershire in 1654.


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