John Raunce

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Biographical Note

Physician, and Quaker, in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He surfaces in various accounts of Quaker activities there in the later 17th century, particularly as a dissenter from other Quaker views of the time, and a critic of the prominent Quaker author Thomas Ellwood. He published several contentious pamphlets and broadsides on Quaker matters around the turn of the 18th century (ESTC n470643, r470637); it is not clear whether some earlier astrological writings by "John Raunce sometime a practitioner in astrologie, and student in the magick art" (ESTC r206349) are the same man, or perhaps his father?


Raunce's library was sold by retail sale in London, beginning 18.7.1716; no catalogue survives, but the sale was advertised in the Daily Courant as "a very curious and valuable collection of Greek, Latin, and English books".