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LEEDS, Daniel, author, born in England in 1652; died in Burlington, New Jersey, 28 September, 1720. He settled at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, about 1677, and afterward removed to Burlington, where he became one of the foremost men in the province of West Jersey. In 1682 he was appointed surveyor-general of the province, and was chosen to the assembly. Upon the recommendation of the Earl of Nottingham, he was appointed a member of Lord Cornbury's council in 1702, in which post he served several years. He was at first a Quaker, but became a violent opponent of that denomination. He published a series of almanacs at Philadelphia and New York from 1687 till 1713, his first being the second almanac that was issued in the middle colonies. Among his other works, which are aimed at the Quakers, except his compilation entitled "The Temple of Wisdom" (Philadelphia, 1688), are "The News of a Trumpet" (1697); "Hue and Cry against Error" (1698); "A Trumpet Sounded" (1699); "The Rebuker Rebuked" (1703); and "The Great Mystery of Fox Craft Discovered" (part i., 1704: part ii., 1706).
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