. “Dr. Green” is not the plaintiff here, but Rev. Thomas Green (1699–1773), pastor of the First Baptist Church in Leicester, who was actually a medical doctor.
See Estes, “Historical Discourse” 31–38. “Mr. Southgate” is undoubtedly Elder Richard Southgate (1714–1798), who preached to a Baptist society in Leicester which “was never organized as a corporate
religious society; and, after the death of Elder Southgate, seems to have been merged
in other societies.” Washburn, Historical Sketches of Leicester
115. “Strict Communion,” apparently the doctrine of these two societies, was the
principle that no one should be admitted to communion who had not been baptized as
an adult by total immersion. Opposed to it was “mixed communion,” under which those
baptized by sprinkling in infancy were also admitted. The difference was a major cause
of dissension among Separates and Baptists. See Goen, Revivalism and Separatism
229–232, 258–264. Compare note
above. “Strict Principles” perhaps means strict adherence to Calvinism. Thomas Green's
church, of which he had been pastor since its founding in 1738, was strongly Calvinistic.
He was apparently on good terms with the Leicester Congregationalists; the town had
remitted his taxes in 1741. See Estes, “Historical Discourse” 22, 36; Goen, Revivalism and Separatism
237. The evidence thus seems calculated to cast doubt on Nathaniel Green's bona fides
as a minister.