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William Twisse
William Twisse was born in 1578 of German parents. He took both his B. A. and his M. A. from New College, Oxford. After several pastorates and teaching positions as chaplain and university professor, he was appointed prolocutor of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, a post he accepted reluctantly. The minutes show that his involvement was more formal than personal, and that Cornelius Burgess fulfilled the duties of prolocutor more than did Twisse; in fact, it says that the prolocutor (Twisse) was "very sick and in great straits." In 1645, Twisse fainted in the pulpit while preaching, and died a year later. He was buried in Westminster Abbey with great pomp, but in 1661 his remains, along with those of several others, were dug up and put in a common pit in the churchyard of St. Margaret's Westminster.

Twisse is most known for his Of the Morality of the Fourth Commandment as Still in Force to Bind Christians and his The Riches of God's Love to the Vessels of Mercy, Consistent with His Absolute Hatred and Reprobation of the Vessels of Wrath. In 1997, Twisse's work A Treatise of Mr. Cotton's Clearing Certaine Doubts Concerning Predestination Together with an Emination Thereof was reprinted, but has sold out of its print run. In 1999 The Riches of God's Love . . . was reprinted, but has also sold out of its print run. Twisse's response (as far as we are told) to John Cotton on Romans 9 is available on the internet at http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/twisse_romans09.html.

Sir Henry Vane, Jr.Commoner member of the Westminster Assembly. Sir Henry Vane, Sr.Commoner member of the Westminster Assembly.
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