KEACH, Benjamin. b. Stoke Hammond, near Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, 29 February 1640; d. London, 18 July 1704. He was apprenticed to a tailor. His early reading and experience inclined him towards Calvinism and adult baptism, and by 1658 he was preaching and ministering to a Baptist congregation at Winslow, Buckinghamshire. In 1664 he published The Child’s Instructor, a book which contained not only the basic educational information (reading, writing, arithmetic) but also material promoting Baptist belief and practice; in the intolerant period following the Act of Uniformity of 1662, the book was seized and burnt, and Keach spent some time under arrest. By 1668 he had moved to...
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