FELTON, HENRY: English clergyman; b. in the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Feb. 3, 1679; d. at Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds, Yorkshire, Mar. 1, 1740. He was educated at Westminster school, Charterhouse, and Saint Edmund Hall, Oxford M.A., 1702 ; B.D., 1709; D.D., 1712), of which he was made principal in 1722. On his admission to priest's orders in 1704 he left the university to preach in and about London. During 1708-09 he was pastor of the English Church in Amsterdam. On his return he became domestic chaplain to the duke of Rutland, retaining this office under three successive dukes. In 1711 he was presented to the rectory of Whitwell, Derbyshire, and in 1736 to that of Barwick-in-Elmet, Yorkshire. He was an eminent preacher and his tracts and sermons received considerable attention. His principal works are, A Dissertation on Reading the Classics (London, 1711; 4th ed., 1757), very popular in its day; The Resurrection of the Same Numerical Body and its Reunion to the Same Soul (Oxford, 1725), an Easter sermon preached at Oxford to refute Locke's idea of personality and identity; The Christian Faith Asserted against Deists, Arians, and Socinians (Oxford, 1732), Lady Moyer lectures delivered at St. Paul's in 1728-29, forming his greatest work; and Sermons on the Creation, Fall, and Redemption of Man (London, 1748), published, with a sketch of Felton, by his son.