Richard Adams, A Disciple of John Tombes

Though John Tombes continued as a member in the Church of England after his ejection, his disciples did not. Here is a brief notice of Richard Adams, who studied under Tombes and later followed Daniel Dyke as co-pastor with William Kiffin. He served in Humberstone, Leicestershire. It should be noted that this Richard Adams is not the same man as the Presbyterian Richard Adams who is known from his ministry recorded in the Morning Exercises.

Mr. Richard Adams. After his ejectment in 1662, he married a wife at Mountsorrel, and there set up a meeting in his own house. At first many persons were afraid to appear at it, but afterwards it greatly increased, and he continued it about fourteen years. Justice Babington, who, though a sober man, was very zealous against the Dissenters, and oppressed them more than all the other justices in that county, was very severe against him. He fined him twelve-pence per day, and sent to the officers of the parish to make distress for it. The poor men were so troubled in conscience, that they knew not what to do. At length, upon the justices threatening them, they seized his pewter, and sent it to the pewterer’s, who refused to buy it. After this, the justice sent for Mr. Adams, and told him he was not against his keeping school, but if he would not leave off his meeting he must expect to be troubled. Soon after this the justice died of excessive bleeding. Mr. Adams went to London, and being of the Baptist denomination, succeeded Mr. Daniel Dyke at Devonshire-square. He was a man of great piety and integrity. He lived to a great age, and some years before his death was disabled from preaching. Mr. Mark Key, his assistant, succeeded him.