On February 22, 1742, British publisher Charles Rivington died In London, England. He was born at Chesterfield, England in 1688. Coming to London as apprentice to a bookseller, he took over in 1711 the publishing business of Richard Chiswell, and, at the sign of the Bible and the Crown in Paternoster Row, he carried on a business almost entirely connected with theological and educational literature. He published one of George Whitefield’s earliest works The Nature and Necessity of a new Birth in Christ (1737). George Whitefield at that time was acknowledged as the leader of Methodism and he was preaching to thousands. In 1741 Rivington published the first volume of Samuel Richardson’s, Pamela which is widely considered to be the first novel. He died on February 22, 1742 and was buried at Old St. Paul’s Churchyard. His grave was destroyed in the Great London Fire of 1666.
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