from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An evangelist of a minor grade who reads the Bible in the houses of the poor and ignorant, in hospitals, barracks, etc.
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Then I went in, and found the wife of the schoolmaster and scripture-reader, a sweet young woman, who, in her husband's absence, had been holding a Bible class.
Holidays in Eastern France Matilda Betham-Edwards 1877
Independent minister, who was formerly a scripture-reader in Ramsgate. "
The Lifeboat 1859