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PERCY, William, clergyman, born in Bedworth, Warwickshire, England, 15 September, 1744; died in London, 13 July, 1819. He was educated at Oxford, and admitted to holy orders in 1767. He was for a time assistant chaplain at the Lock hospital, and in 1772 was appointed by the somewhat celebrated Lady Huntington one of her chaplains, officiating in Northampton and Tottenham court chapel. The same year Lady Huntington sent him to this country to take charge of Bethesda college, near Savannah, Georgia In 1773 he went to Charleston, South Carolina, and preached frequently in Baptist and Independent places of worship. At the beginning of the Revolution he took the popular side, delivered a Fourth-of-July address, and officiated in St. Michael's church from 1777 till 1780. The next year he returned to England and resumed work in the Lady Huntington connection. In 1793 he was appointed minister of Westminster chapel, and in 1798 minister of Queen's square chapel. In 1804 he went back to Charleston, and was assistant in St. Philip's and St. Michael's churches in 1805-'10. He received the degree of D.D. from the College of South Carolina in 1807. He was rector of a new church in Charleston in 1810-'16, and of St. Paul's church, Radcliffeborough in 1816-'19. He returned again to England in 1819, and died after a few days' illness. Dr. Percy's publications were "An Apology for the Episcopal Church, in a Series of Letters on the Nature, Ground, and Foundation of Episcopacy"; " The Clergyman's and People's Remembrancer," in two parts ; " An Essay on the Ministerial Character "; and "A Delineation of the True Christian Character" (Charleston, South Carolina).
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