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COBBETT, Thomas, clergyman, born in New-bury, England, in 1608" died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, 5 November, 1685. He studied at Oxford, but left on account of the plague, and became a pupil of Dr. Twiss. To avoid further persecution for his nonconformity, he immigrated to Massachusetts in 1637 with Davenport, and was a colleague to his old friend, Mr. Whiting, of Lynn, until, in 1656, he became pastor of the first church in Ipswich, where he remained until his death. He was remarkable for the frequency of his prayers, and his assurance of their efficacy. In 1645 he published a work on infant baptism; in 1658, "The Civil Magistrate's Power in Matters of Religion, modestly debated," etc." in 1654, "A Practical Discourse of Prayer"; in 1656, "On the Honor due from Children to their Parents"; and a "Narrative of New England's Deliverances" (in "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," vol. vii.).
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