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BOUCHER, Jonathan, clergyman, born in Blencow, Cumberland, England, 12 March 1738; died in Epsom, England, 27 April 1804. He came to America at the age of sixteen, and was for some time a private teacher, afterward took orders in the Anglican Church, and was appointed rector of Hanover, and then of St. Mary's parish, Virginia Governor Eden gave him also the rectory of St. Anne, Annapolis, and that of Queen Anne in St. George's County He took a firm stand in opposition to the prevalent doctrines of independence, and gave such offence to his congregation that he was obliged to return to England in 1785. He was appointed vicar of Epsom, and employed himself during the last fourteen years in compiling a glossary of provincial and obsolete words, which was purchased from his family in 1831 by the proprietors of the English edition of Webster's "Dictionary," with the intention of making it an appendix to that work. He published in 1799 "A View of the Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution," dedicated to General Washington, consisting of fifteen discourses delivered in North America between 1763 and 1775, and containing many anecdotes illustrating the political condition of the colonies at that time.
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