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to reflect upon any persons behind their backs. When la. bour and age had worn out his strength, nothing so manifestly troubled him as being necessitated to desist from constant preaching. And notwithstanding all the temporal discouragements he met with in the ministry, his wish was, to the very last, to have both his sons brought up to it. In his last illness, it was observable, that when his head was disordered about other things, he always shewed himself sensible in hearing or discoursing about any thing religious. He was all along apprehensive of approaching death, but his mind was as calon and serene as usual, of which he himself gave
this account, I know in whom I have believed. There is some account of him in the last edit. of Wood's dthen. O.x. vol. II. P. 1023
WORKS. Funeral Sermon for Mr. Hurst.-4 Serm. in Morn. Ex.-Annot. on Phil. and Colos. in Pool's Contin.-He published two books of his brother Mr. T. Adams, and with Mr. Veal prefaced several of Mr. Charnock's works.
ST. OLAVE, JEWRY, [V. S.] Mr. John Wells, of St. John's Col. Oxf. Mr. Wutson, in his funeral sermon for him, says, “ His preaching was plain and profitable, suitable to the capacities of his auditory. He was of an affable disposition; of such candor and ingenuity as to win the affections of
and good-nature met. He was of a very forgiving spirit. Kindnesses inade a lasting impression upon him, but injuries he forgot. He was very charitable to the poor, many of whom were both clothed and fed by his liberality. He died in June 1676, expressing a comfortable persuasion of his love to God and interest in his favour.
WORKS. The Practical Sabbatarian.-Prospect into Eternity:-Latin Poem on the death of Mr. Jer. Whitaker. One in English on Mr. R. Robinson.—Two Serm. in Morn. Ex.
ST. OLAVE, SILVER-STREET, [R. S.] Mr. Thomas Douglas. He fell under some scandals, and afterwards travelled, and took the degree of M. D, at Padua; returned to London, practised physic, and ran in debt. He afterwards went into Ireland, and died in obscurity:-[A singular instance of misconduct among the ejected ministers, the relation of which is a proof of impartiality.)
WORKS. A Sober Testimony against sinful Compliances.Zerubabbel, in defence of the former.
ST. OLAVE, SOUTHWARK, [R. S.] WILLIAM COOPER, M. A. He was first settled at Ringmire in Sussex. His first wife's father, a considerable Dutch limner, having got in favour with Abp. Laud, begged sonie preferment for his son-in-law, upon which he gave him this living. But he disappointed the expectation both of his patron and parish, (much to the satisfaction of the more sober and religious part of them) by proving a Puritan. He was a critical linguist
, no mean philosopher, a quick disputant, and well versed in controversies; a learned expositor, a celebrated historian, and a fine poet, especially in Latin. He was chaplain to the Queen of Bohemia, (mother to the princess Sophia of Hanover) and continued in her family at the Ilague from 1644 to 1648. He was greatly respected by that virtuous princess, and by the sober part of her court. He had free conversation, in Latin, with the foreign envoys, who then resorted to her; and became so well versed in the affairs of Europe, as to be reckoned no small politician. He understood men as well as books, and was generally valued and respected by such as knew hiin; and most by those that knew hiin best.
$ His Farewell Sermon affords evident proof that he was a man of superior talents. It is an excellent and useful discourse, well suited to the occasion, though it contains nothing on the subject of Nonconformity. It is full of rich sentiment, and abounds with pithy observations. The text is, Phil. iv. 9. Those things which ye have both learned and received, and have heard and seen in me do ; and the Gud of peace shall be with you. Having considered, 1. The precept respecting the duty of christians to practise what they have heard, and to live up to the duties they have learned, and 2. The promise of the presence of the God of peace, for their direction, assistance, support and comfort, he proceeds to address his hearers by way of exhortation as follows. “Let me now prevail with you all to do the things which
have heard and received. Oh walk in obedience to God, if you would ever enjoy his gracious presence. Many precious truths have been preached among you : many heavenly doctrines have been set before you: many wholesome lessons and faithful admonitions have been given you. Let me now therefore (being for aught I know, as a star setting and rising no more in this horizon ; like a lamp going out and shining no more, in this your sacred house of meeting; and as a dying man, whose last breath is now ex.
piring) iring) let me persuade you, for your own good, to rememper what you have heard, to hold fast what you have received, and to practise what you have learned.” Many weighty considerations are then urged to inforce this ad vice, especially such as are derived from the importance of the divine presence and favour, which he observes has this, above all, to recommend it, that it is a lasting good. " Your riches, your comforts, your friends, may be with you to-day, and be gone to-morrow, but his love and favour continue for ever. All things without God are full of vani. ty and change; but he is a faithful friend, loving at all times. His favour is a sun that knows no setting, and his presence a well of comfort springing to eternal life.” Then follow several excellent directions respecting the nature and manner of a christian's obedience, v. g. “ It must be according to the unerring rule of God's word. Be like those noble Bereans who examined the grounds of their faith and obedience. Do not offer to God a sacrifice without eyes. Your religion must be a scriptural religion, would you be accepted of God in it.-It must also be cordial without dissembling. Obedience without the heart will bring neither glory to God, nor comfort to us. Take heed lest through your hypocrisy you go to hell in the way of Duty-Whatever you have heard, do it without reserve. True obedience is universal. One leak in the ship of thy soul may sink it in endless perdition. Lastly, what you have heard, do it constantly and to the end. As God condemns no man before he sins, so neither will he crown any man before he overcomes. We must conquer before we can triumph: we must obtain the crown of eternal glory by a patient continuance in well doing. Take heed therefore that you be not carried away with the error of the wicked. Press on towards the mark, hold fast your integrity, and persevere according to what you have received from the Lord, and break through all discouragements for communion with him. In God you have a living spring, when all your vessels are empty.. In himn you have a sure sanctuary when all your refuges in the world are laid level with the ground. In him you have a glorious sun, when all the blazing stars of creature comforts are extinguished. In him you shall find everlasting friendship, when all your friends according to the flesh, are put to perpetual silence in the grave. WORKS. A Thanksgiving Serm, before the Parl, on Zeck.
xiii. 2.--Three Serm. in Morn. Ex.-Fun. Serm. for Mr. Christ, Fowler.Some Latin Verses.—Annot. upon Daniel in Poot's Contin.
RALPH VENNING, M. A. of Enan. Col. Camb. was ejected from this lectureship. He was a popular preacher, and much followed. He was a most importunate and prevalent pleader for the poor, who were very numerous in that parish. He yearly got some hundreds of pounds for them; having such a way of recommending charity as frequently prevailed with people to give who had gone to church with resolutions to the contrary. He died March 10, 1673, (aged 53.] His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. Robert Bragg.
Mr. Venning's Farewell-sermon was on Heb. x. 23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waver. ing, for he is faithful that promised. This discourse, which was the second on the same text, appears to have been delilivered extempore and inaccurately taken. As there is but little reference to the occasion, the following extracts may suffice." It is not enough to hold fast our faith, but the profession of it. Why? The profession of faith is as necessary as the faith itself. See Rom. x. 9, 10. An unprofessed faith hath no salvation annexed to it. Now if it is necessary to profess, it is necessary to hold fast, faith; and consequently as necessary to hold fast the profession thereof. To say, I will keep faith, I will only part with a little profession, is all one in scripture sense, as to part with faith itself. Faith without profession, will do no more for you than profession without faith. Observe what the apostle speaks, Heh ji. 14. We are made partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end : not elseIt is a manly act to hold fast that which is good, but childish to let it go. It is also a christian act; that which distinguishes à christian from a hypocrite. Heb. x. 37.-I promised you some helps (or directions] with which I shall conclude this discourse: I pray God I may not say, preaching too. Would
hold fast? then 1. Take heed of every sort of men that make religion a trade to get money by (1 Tim. vi. 35.)--Men of corrupt minds, supposing that gain isgodli. ness ; or as most read it, that godliness is gain, a mere trade. 2. Take heed of the error of the wicked (2 Pet. iii. 17.) who say, It is vain to serve God. If ye lose for him ye shall not lose by him. 3. Lay up the word of faith in a good and honest heart. Luke viii. 15. If it be only in your hands or head, it will be gone ; but if it be in your hearts you will never let it go. The purity of the heart is the best preserva
tive of the faith. 1 Tim. iii. 9. 4. Look much to, and often consider, Jesus Christ the author and finisher of your faith. Think how he humbled himself and became poor that we might be rich. Think what a good confession he inade before Pontius Pilate, and how he was obedient unto death. Think how he conquered death by dying, &c. and shall we leave such a Christ as this? Can
Christ and leave the profession of your faith? It cannot be. Keep Christ before your eyes, make him your pattern, and you will not, you cannot do amiss. I shall shut up all in the words of Jude, verse 20,
WORKS. Warning to Backsliders.--Way to Happiness.— Mercy's Memorial.-Canaan's Flowings; or Milk and HoneyOrthodox and miscell. Paradoxes.- The new Command renewed. Mysteries and Revelations.--Things worth thinking on.-Sin the Plague of Plagues.--His Remains, (with his Portrait.]
SAMUEL SMITH, M. A. Lecturer in the same place. He had before been cast out of the sequestered living of Bodenham, Herefordshire. He was afterwards pastor to a small congregation of Dissenters at Windsor, where he died, 1714, and was succeeded by Mr. Sheffield.
ST. PANCRAS, SOPER LANE, (R. S. Mr. GEORGE COKAYN. After his ejectment he was pas. tor of a congregational church in the city, and many eminent citizens adhered to him; among whom were Alderman Titchbourn, Ireton, Wilson, Sir John Moor, &c. After many labours in the service of his master, and some suffer-ings for him, he quietly ended his days, and was carried to his grave in
a numerous attendance of devout mourners. He was succeeded by Mr. John Nisbet.
WORKS. A Serm. before the Parl. Nov. 29, 1648.--Divine Astrology, a Fun. Serm. for Col. W. Underwood, on 1s. lvii. 1.A Pref. Epist. to Mr. O. Sedgwick's Fun. Serm. for Rowland Wilson, Esq.--He had a hand, with Mr. Caryl, in the Eng. Greek Lexicon.
ST. PAUL'S, Covent-GARDEN, [R. 3501.] THOMAS MANTON, D. D. of Oxf. Univ. Born in 1620, at Lawrence-Lydiard, in Somersetshire. Both his father and grandfather were ministers. He was at first minister at Colyton in Devonshire, and afterwards at Stoke-Newington, from whence he came to Covent Garden, where he suc. ceeded Mr. Sedgwick. Both Newcourt and Wood speak of