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con·ven·ti·cle

 (kən-vĕn′tĭ-kəl)
n.
1. A religious meeting, especially a secret or illegal one, such as those held by Dissenters in England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries.
2. The place where such a meeting is held.

[Middle English, from Latin conventiculum, meeting, diminutive of conventus, assembly; see convent.]

con·ven′ti·cler n.
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Daniel Coxe, a conventicler who also signed this sheet, was also arrested in 1685, as were fellow subscribers Edward Whitehead and Edward Pitts.(62) Opposite Darrell's signature is that of Daniel Farrington, a merchant who petitioned in 1682 for the strongly anti-court candidates, Thomas Papillon and John Dubois, to be declared elected as sheriffs.(63) Farrington's wife was a Nonconformist, and apart from Darrell and Coxe at least five other conventiclers signed the page.(64) Although the Compton Census of 1676 showed only ten Dissenters living in the parish of St.
Richard Austen was a gardener and longtime Baptist conventicler. Thomas Williams was a local businessman and politician who carefully distinguished Baptists from Anabaptists when accused of being a member of the latter.
Wyan's death and the defendant was his wife ("Seditious Sectaryes": The Baptist Conventiclers of Oxford, 1641-1691 Studies in Baptist History and Thought, vol.