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PRICE, Roger, clergyman, born in England about 1696; died in Leigh, Essex, 8 December, 1762. He was educated at Oxford, and admitted to orders in the Church of England in 1720. From 1725 onward he held several livings in England. On the death of the Reverend Samuel Nyles, in 1728, Mr. Price was sent, the year following, by the bishop of London, to succeed Mr. Myles in the rectorship of King's chapel, Boston, Massachusetts The next year he was appointed the bishop's commissary. In April, 1734, he laid the corner-stone of Trinity church, Boston, and in August, 1735, he delivered the first sermon in it. Although an able preacher, he appears to have had various difficulties and disputes with his parishioners, and became quite dissatisfied with the state of affairs in general. About 1744 he purchased a tract of land in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, did missionary duty for two or three years, built a church at his own expense, and devised it, with a glebe of 180 acres of land, to the Society for propagating the gospel, in trust for supporting a minister of the Church of England. In 1753 he went to England, where he spent the rest of his life as "incumbent of the parish of Leigh, in the deanery of Broughing, and archdeaconry of St. Albans." Mr. Price published two sermons, delivered on special occasions in Boston, one on the death of John Jekyll, Esq., collector of customs (1733), the other, on the death of the queen, wife of George II. (1738).
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