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SECT. IL Labours and Support of Ministers.
. IV. 464
Hartopp, sir John IV. 1
Henry, Philip . II. 209
- Matthew 11. 289
Influence of dissenters IV. 496
Keach, Benjamin II. 363
Langford, Dr. IV, 411
calvinistic Ilf. 75
Orders, dissenting I, 419
Pearce, Samuel IV. 480
Joseph. IV. 14
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TO THE BINDER.
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This celebrated baronet was born about the year 1637. His father was one of the first English gentlemen honoured with the new title. He married the daughter of Charles Fleetwood, esq. but was, in 171), deprived of this lady, whom Dr. Watts de scribes in her funeral sermon as a woman of eminent religion. From the same writer we learn, that sir John TM joined the independent church over which Dr. Owen presided, and continued an honourable member, under successive pastors, to the day of his death.” Boldly patronising the despised cause of the dissenters, amidst the fiercest persecutions, he was a devout and diligent attendant on their public worship, till the infirmities of years confined him to his private and domestic devotions. He frequently instructed his family by reading to them the discourses which he had written from the lips of the first preachers in his early days; and to him we owe many of those which are contained in the folio volume of sermons and tracts by Dr. Owen, with whom he maintained the most endeared friendship.
Elected by the freeholders of Leicestershire, as their representative in parliament, he displayed a most ardent zeal for the religious and civil liberties of his country, and became a strenuous advocate for the bill which was to have excluded James the se. cond from the throne. For this reason the whole weight of the court was employed to prevent his reelection ; but the Hartoppians, as they were called, prevailed, and he was thrice returned member for the county. This popular patriot and pillar of the dissent lived to the advanced age of eighty-five, and terminated his labours on the first of April, 1722.
Dr. Watts, who had entitled Lady Hartopp's funeral sermon « The last enemy conquered," published one for the baronet in the form of a treatise, on 56 The Happiness of separate Spirits.” The character which the preacher gives his deceased friend, claims a place in this memoir. “When I name sir John Hartopp, all who knew him will agree that I name a gentleman, a scholar, and a Christian. He shone with eminence among persons of birth and title, while his obliging deportment rendered him easy of access to all his inferiors, and the delight of all his friends. He had a taste for universal learning; mathematics were a favourite study with him in his youth, and even in his old age he maintained his acquaintance with the heavenly bodies. But the Book of God was his chief study, his divinest delight. The Bible lay open before him day and night. Desirous of seeing what the Spirit of God said to men in the original languages, he commenced some acquaintance with the Hebrew, when he was more than fifty years old, and kept his youthful know. ledge of the Greek. He took pleasure in the doce