Palmer, John a noted English Presbyterian divine, who forsook the Calvinistic doctrines and embraced Socinianism, was born in London in 1729. After the completion of his education, he became assistant pastor of a Presbyterian congregation in New Broad Street, London, in 1755. In 1759 he became their sole pastor. He died in 1790. He published, King David's Death, and Solomon's Succession to the Throne, considered and improved; a Sermon. on 1 Chronicles 29:27, 28 [Funer. of George II] (Lond. 1760, 8vo): — Free Thoughts on the Inconsistency of Conforming to any Religious Test; as a Condition of Tolesiation wih the true Principle of Protestant Dissent (ibid. 1779, 8vo): — Sermon, 2 Corinthians 1:12, on the Death of the Rev. Caleb Fleminig, D.D.; with the Oration delivered at the Interment by Joseph Towers (ibid. 1779, 8vo): — An Appendix to the Observations in Defence of the Liberty of Man as a Moral Agent; in Answer to Dr. Priestly's Illustrations of Philosophical Necessity; occasioned by the Dr.'s Letter to the Author (ibid. 1780, 8vo). See Darling Cyclop. Bibliog.