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ago from his notes, which I myself heard him preach, and took him a full hour to deliver, yet may be read, even deliberately, in near the half of that time. One reason of which is this: the Scriptures, which he brought as proofs of the points he was handling, are only cited chapter and verse in his notes, and he left several enlargements on them to delivery: For he had a talent peculiar to himself in pointing out the propriety of such proofs; and his more than ordinary critical knowledge of the original languages in which the Scriptures were written, enabled him, in a brief but comprehensive way, to glance at the meaning of the Spirit of God in them, that was both surprising and edifying to the hearers. Could this have been recovered, it would have added greatly to the beauty of these discourses ; but neither this, nor the lively spiritual manner in which they were delivered, can be put in print, and set before the reader. But where the Scripture-proofs are not inserted at full length, and only chapter and verse cited, if the reader will be at the pains to turn to his Bible, as he goes along in reading, he will find himself amply repaid for his pains, by the satisfaction it will give him; and it will convince him of the justness of what I have now suggested. It is more than probable, that besides the gradual decay of nature he felt the last two or three years of his life, that he had some secret notice impressed on his mind of his approaching dissolution, which made death and the other world a subject suitable and pleasant to himself, while at the same time it is never unseasonable to any audience whatever. All natural motions are accelerated and quickest, the nearer they come to their centre; and to renewed souls, born from above, who are breathing after the perfection of holiness, and groaning under the burden of a body of sin and death, it is no wonder that they have a peculiar pleasure in looking forward, and hasting to the happy hour that shall complete their salvation, saying with the church, Song ii. 17. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away: Turn, my Beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart upon the mountains of separation.'
I have been favoured with a list of the Works of Mr. Boston by the indulgence of Mr. Davidson; which are these : “ I. A Sermon preached Aug. 24, 1714, on Hos. ii. 19. reprinted in 1732. II. Human Nature in its Fourfold State, which is universally known, and has passed through many editions. III. Several Volumes of Sermons. IV. His Book on the Hebrew Punctuation, published in Latin. This last Work, and his Four-fold State, were VOL. IV.
the only volumes (as was observed before) printed in Mr. Boston's life-time.
JOHN ALBERT FABRICIUS. JOHN ALBERT FABRICIUS, one of the most learned and laborious men of his age, was born at Leipsic on the 11th of November 1668. Having lost his parents, when he was not more than ten or eleven
he was sent by those that had the care of him, to study at Quedlimburg; where, we are told, he was inspired with an incredible ardour for letters, by the accidental reading of Barthius's Adversaria. Upon his return from Leipsic, in the year 1686, he applied himself very attentirely to the reading of ancient authors, sacred as well as profane. He went to Hamburgh in the year 1693, where John Frederic Mayer offered him apartments in his house, and the care of his library. He accepted the offer, and spent five years with Mr. Mayer in a very agreeable manner, dividing his time betwixt preaching and study: He was chosen professor of eloquence in this city, and was made doctor in divinity at Kiel. In the year 1719, the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel offered him the first professorship of divinity at Giessen, and the place of superintendant over the churches of the Augsburg confession ; which offer Fabricius was very ready to accept. But the magistrates of Hamburgh augmented his salary very considerably, for the sake of keeping him there'; and of this he ever after retained so grateful a sense, that no offers of preferment could tempt him to leave them. He died at Hamburgh upon the 3d of April 1736, after a life spent in the severest application : For it is almost incredible what labours he underwent, in order to benefit, as he did in an eminent degree, the republic of letters. The late Dr. Thomas, Bishop of Lincoln and Salisbury in succession, used to say of him, that he was at once the most learned and most amiable man he ever knew.'
Among a great number of Works, these following are the principal and most useful: “ I. Bibliotheca Latina, sive Notilia Auctorum Veterum Latinorum, quorumcunque scripta ad nos pervenerunt. This work was afterwards enlarged; and the best edition of it is that in two volumes, 4to. II. Bibliotheca Græca, sive Notitia Scriptorum Veterum Græcorum, quorumcunque Monumenta integra aut fragmenta edita
extant: tum plerorumque ex Manuscriptis ac Deperditis. This work consists of fourteen volumes in 4to. and gives an exact account of the Greek authors, their different editions, and of all those who have commented, or written notes upon
them. These two works may be said to set forth a very complete history of Greek and Latin learning. III. Codex Apocryphus Novi Testamenti, collectus, castigalus, censuris et animadversionibus illustratus. The best edition is in three volumes 8vo. and printed at Hamburgh, in 1719. IV. Bibliographia Antiquaria, sive Introductio in Notitiam Scriptorum, qui Antiquitates Hebraicas, Græcas, Romanas, et Christianas scriptis illustraverunt. The best edition is that of Hamburgh and Leipsic, in 1716; 4to. V. Delectus Argumentorum et syllabus Scriptorum, qui veritatem Religionis Christiana adversus Atheos, Epicureos, Deistas seu Naturalistas, Idololatras, Judæos, et Mohammedanos lucubrationibus suis asseruerunt. Hamburgh, 1725, 4to. This performance, very valuable in itself, is yet more so, on account of the Proemium and first chapters of Eusebius's Demonstratio Erangelica, which are wanting in all the edi. tions of that work, and were supposed to be lost; but which are here recovered by Fabricius, and prefixed to the Delectus, with a Latin translation by himself. VI. Salutaris Lux Evangelii, toti orbi per Divinam Gratiam exoriens: sive Notitia Historico-Chronologica, Literaria, et Geographica, propagatorum per orbem totum Christianorum Sacrorum Delineata. Hamburg, 1731, 4to. This work is very curious and interesting to the historian, as well as divine. It contains some epistles of the apostate emperor Julian, never before published.” By these, and many other works of a smaller nature, Fabricius has laid the whole learned and religious world under the greatest obligations; since he has contributed more, perhaps, than any other man ever did, to abridge and shorten the fatigue and drudgery which scholars are obliged to undergo, in order to be acquainted with the materials of their profession.
. He was minister of Stepney, near London, upwards of twenty years ; preached statedly in his turn at the weekly merchants' lecture at Pinner's Hall, and at Mr. Coward's lecture in Little St. Helen's; and some time before his decease, took upon him the care of educating
young men for the ministry, in which he gave great satisfaction, and had no little success. The following were some of his remarkable expressions upon- a sick and dying bed, taken from his own mouth, at several times, in broken sentences, under the violence of agonizing pains, while his head was very clear and composed: “ I have no doubt of my eternal interest.- Why will ye not let me die ?-Father, help me, my heavenly Father and my God.-I desire to be resigned; I desire to be resigned. Why should I desire to live? God has made with me an everlasting covenant, well ordered in all things, and sure ; which is all my salvation, and all my desire.--My Father in heaven, my covenant Father, help me; lay no more upon me than thou wilt enable me to bear. Let patience have its perfect work.-A GoD near at hand, and not afar off, a most endearing character !—I was prepared for this illness; for I have been preaching (at Haberdasher's Hall in the morning of that Lord's Day on which the fever approached that issued in his death) upon these words, Rom. viii. 37. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors.—These tabernacles of ours are from, and ordered by God himself, every pin of them; and it is fit that he should have the pulling of them down in his own way: He doth all things with weight and measure.-Having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is best; yet content I am to stay, if God has any further work for me to do.— I put my trust in thee, O Lord.— A preserver of hope. Let me not be ashamed.- Put your trust in the Lord; pour out your hearts before him ; for our God is a refuge for us.--O Father of compassion, help me!
“ As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear him.-I will never leave you, nor forsake you. - The Lord is supreme; he doth as he pleases in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. All my springs are in thee.- I am in good hands; it is better to fall into the hands of Gon, tban into the hands of man.-A guilty, weak, helpless worm, on thy kind arms I fall, dear Jesus ! in thee I trust for strength, righteousness, and acceptance. Surely every man at his best estate, is altogether vanity. How long, O Lord, ere thou wilt come and help me! Come, Lord, come quickly. Now do it for Christ's sake. I beseech thee deliver me from my pains: I am thy humble petitioner. Now to glorify God in the furnace, what an honour! O for that faith which overcomes the world! It nullifies it, and shews it to be a bauble.- the excellency of faith! O now increase my
faith, and make me more than conqueror. - I beseech thee release me one way or other. Thou canst do it: () that thou wouldst! Come, Lord, and make no tarrying: Subjection to the Father of spirits.” He would often say, under his grievous pains and agonies, “ It is well. It is fit we should endure pain and trouble here, for we shall have none hereafter; there the inhabitants shall not say they are sick.-- Man soon fell from his first covenant, but God made a more glorious covenant with his Son. Now let me give myself up to Christ.” And then added, with a solemn pause after it," I do, I do.-O glorify God! I would have all men do it.— Through him we are more than conquerors. He is all my salvation, and all my desire. Amen.” After these and many other expressions of the like believing, humble, resigned, joyful, and assured strain, some of which were often repeated in the two or three last days of his illness, he said with his expiring breath, “ I now give up the ghost.” With these last words in his mouth, he immediately departed, on Wednesday, July the 13th, 1743, in the fifty-first year of his age, dying in the faith and comfort of those evangelical principles which he had tried and proved, and preached and lived
for many years.
WILLIAM ΜΟΤΗ. . MR. WILLIAM MOTH was pastor to the dissenting congregation at Basingstoke, Hants, and deparied this life 24th August 1744. Gospel doctrines, in their relation to Christ's person, and the immediate influence they have upon all practical godliness, were the constant drift of his preaching.---How holy, justly, and unblameably he behaved himself before all men, was evident to all. He was a living preacher: a burning and a shining light. His sermons were first preached to his own heart, and then wrought into his life. Such as heard and conversed with him, either by word or by letter, could not but take knowledge of him, from time to time, that he had been with Jesus. God was pleased to try him many ways; but, from the mount of straits and trial, he came down with his face shining, though, with Moses, he saw it not himself. The long and uncommon trial of his faith and patience, which at last put an end to his life, served