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2nd. August Saturday
The "Act of Uniformity" passed, August 2. By this act two thousand ministers were deprived of their livings in the church. About seventy clergymen were ejected in this county. Warden Heyrick refused to submit, and also resisted every attempt to remove him from the Collegiate Church, which he considered as a life-estate given to him in lieu of a debt owing to his family by the crown. Charles II. appointed Dr. Woolley to the wardenship; but the nomination was subsequently revoked at the request of Heyrick's friend at court, the Earl of Manchester. Henry Newcome and Christopher Richardson, fellows of the Collegiate Church, retired, and began to preach privately to congregations in the town. In this neighbourhood the other sufferers were R. Holbrook, Salford; R. Birch, Birch Chapel; T. Holland, Blackley; E. Jones, vicar of Eccles; W. Leigh, Gorton Chapel; P. Aspinall, Heaton; G. Thompson, Heywood; and J. Walker, Newton Heath.(7)

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Manchester, on account of its Nonconformist population, was the resort of many of the ejected ministers, as is shown by Newcome's Diary.(7)