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PRICE. 37 continued to exercise his talents in preaching, we are not able to learn. Mr. Edwards, in reproaching all who dissented from his presbyterian bigotry, observes of Mr. Greene, that he was one of the first mechanics, who, presently after the meet- ing of the long parliament, preached publicly in the churches in London ; and that afterwards, in the year 1644, he accompanied Colonel Hemstead to Trinidad; After his return, he statedly preached in Coleman-street, once on the Lord's day, and once on a week day; where, in the year 1646, to use the words of our author, " there is so great a resort and flocking to him, that yards, rooms, and house are all so full, that he causes his neighbours' conventicles, and others,, to be oftentimes very thin, and independents to preach to bare walls and empty seats, in comparison of this great rabbi.". Crosby mentions one Mr. John Green, who survived the restoration, and who endured cruel persecution with the rest of his brethren; but it does not appear whether this was the same person.t JOHN PRICE was a zealous preacher among the inde- pendents, during the civil wars. Edwards styles him " an exchange-man, a beloved disciple of Mr. John Goodwin, and one of his prophets ; who used to preach for him when he hadany book to answer, or some libertine tractate to set forth." He then gives the following account of him : " This Master Price contents not himself to preach only in London, but I hear that he was lately at Bury St. Edmunds ; that he there preached in a house, and maintained certain dangerous and' heretical opinions ; as, that men might be saved who were not elected, and that if men improve nature well, God will surely give them grace. So that it seems this exchange- man sells other wares besides independency and separation, and does with feigned words make merchandize of men's souls." This scurrilous writer adds : " Master Price was also at a meeting here in London, where some of several sects, seekers, antinomians, anabaptists, brownists, inde- pendents, met with some presbyterians, to consider how all these might live together, notwithstanding their several opinions ; and he was, as all the sectaries were, for ageneral toleration; and they agreed together like buckle and thong, only the presbyterians were not satisfied." Edwards's Gangrtena, part iii. p. 248, 249.- # Crosby's Baptists, vol. iii. p. 82.