Fleming, Caleb, Dd
Fleming, Caleb, D.D.
a distinguished English Independent minister, was born at Nottingham in 1698, and studied classical and scientific subjects and mathematics under able teachers in Nottingham and London. The bishops of Winchester and Carlisle made him handsome and liberal offers to enter the Church, but his preference was for nonconformity, and accepted a pastorate in Bartholomew Close in 1738, with a small imposition of hands. In 1753 he was appointed to succeed Dr. Foster as minister at Pinner's Hall. Here he labored till his death, July 21, 1779. His published works are mostly of a controversial character, the first issued in 1729, the last in 1775, and they are fifty in number. They show much learning and research, but his doctrines were Socinian in character, and they imbittered his temper and kept him in a continual atmosphere of contention and disputation. See Wilson, Dissenting Churches, 2:283.