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TALBOT, John, colonial Anglican bishop, born in Wymondham, England, in 1645; died in Burlington, New Jersey, 29 November, 1727. He was graduated at Cambridge in 1663, became a fellow of Peter house in 1664, held the rectory of Freetherne in the diocese of Gloucester, and in 1702 became chaplain of the ship "Centurion," which brought to this country Keith and Gordon, the first missionaries of the Society for propagating the gospel in foreign parts. He was appointed a missionary of that society in September of the same year, and was associated with Keith as long as the latter remained in this country. He continued to labor zealously for twenty years, being in charge of St. Mary's, Burlington, New Jersey, from 1703, and its rector after 1709, during all which period he had been importunate to have a bishop appointed for America. Despairing of this, he went to England and was induced to receive consecration clandestinely from Dr. Ralph Taylor and Robert Welton, non-juring bishops, and returned to this country in 1722. For two years he was unmolested, but at the end of that period, being exposed, he was discharged from the service of the society, and ordered by the governor to "surcease officiating," because he refused to take the oath of allegiance or use the prayers for the royal family. Affixed to his widow's will in the registrar's office in Philadelphia was discovered, in September, 1875, his episcopal seal, a mitre, with flowing ribbons, and beneath it, in large script letters, ingeniously wrought into a monogram, the full name--John Talbot. An enlarged photograph of this seal (see illustration) was copied in brass, placed on a mural tablet with a suitable inscription, and unveiled with religious ceremonies by the Reverend George Morgan Hills, D. D., in old St. Mary's church, Burlington, New Jersey, on the 151st anniversary of Talbot's death.
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