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learning the Assembly's Catechism, they drew up one miuch shorter, for the use of the most ignorant in their parishes,
In 1661, the former incumbent, who had been put out as scandalous, came again into one of the livings in Swaffham; upon which Mr. Jephcot knowing that the other would not be sufficient to maintain his family, and foreseeing that he should be in danger of having his conscience straitened by ecclesiastical impositions ; finding also many in the place altered for the worse, and turning with the tide, determined to remove the first opportunity. Bishop Iren, who was restored with the king, was much incensed against him, because he had concurred with other ministers in ordaining several persons to the ministry, who were chiefly such as had been fellows of colleges. The free school of Boston being offered him, on the recommendation of Dr. Tuckney, he accepted it, and removed thither. On his application to Bp. Sanderson fora licence, he treated him vety respectfully ; told him, it was a pity a man of his worth should be confined to the drudgery of a school; and offered him his choice of two livings, of about .601. a year each. He thanked his lordship, but waved ac-ceptance, because, as things then went, he apprehended he -should-quickly be turned out of a living ; but hoped he might be suffered to continue in a school. He was however turned out of that at Bartholomew-tide, when he was but just settled in it, to the great loss of the town. Some of the aldermen urged him to conform, that he might continue in the school; but he said, If he could conform, he would not do it merely to teach boys. Many other considerable persons were desirous of his staying in the town after he quitted the school; but he rather chose to be near his friends in Cambridgeshire, and therefore settled at Ousden near Bury in Suffolk. Here he constantly went to church on Lord's-days, and also to the - Sacrament. But he kept up-a' weekly lecture among a small contpany of honest well-meaning people. In the latter part of his life he set up a boarding school, and trained up youth in · learning and piety. Nine or ten persons of fortune had en
gaged, upon his ejectment, to raise him zool. a year; which they did for a time ;-but some who lived at a distance discontinued it, and others died before him, so that he had but a scanty subsistence in his old age, from his school, and a small estate of about 121.a year.
He used to spend much of his time in writing letters to · persons on spiritual accounts. Indeed his whole heart seemed set upon promoting the work of grace in himself and otbers.
He was distinguished for his unusual accuracy in the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin languages, philosophy, and some part of the inathematics. He also often practised dialling and surveying for his recreation. His abilities for the ministry were great, and he was very laborious in it. When he was reduced to a more retired life, he reaped what he had been sowing; having as much of the comfortable presence of God, and settled assurance of his love, as can well be supposed attain. able in this life. In a painful and tedious sickness, he was wonderfully supported by the comforts of God's spirit, even to his death; in the view of which he continued the most devout addresses to heaven, and serious discourse to those about him, 'as long as his strength permitted him to speak. He died Nov. 1673, at the great age of 96.-Mr. Cardwelt afterwards had a meeting in this place, and communicated the above'aca 'count.
WORKS. It doth not appear that Mr. Jephcot published any thing. But Dr. Calamy has preserved some small pieces of his, which he left in MS. written in Latin ; viz. A curious account of an unusual Meteor which appeared at Swaffham in May 1646. A Copy of Verses presented to several of his friends who contributed to his Support when he was silenced. And A Character of of a true Son of the Church of England. Those who understand Latin may be amused by them; but our limits do not admit of their being here inserted.
Little SWAFFHAM, Mr. DANIEL Foor. He had this living a few
a few years, while he continued at Cambridge, and preached there on the Lord's day. When he was ejected he came to London,
WENTWORTH, [R.] Mr. WILLIAM BURCHIL, of Trin. Col. Camb. After his ejectment he lived privately at Wilsford, a mile distant; where he had a small estate of about 12 l. per ann, and did what good he could, by private preaching and expounding the scriptures in his house, and in conference with neighbours. When the toleration commen ced, he set up a meeting at Sutton, where he preached twice every Lord's-day, till he was disabled by his last sickness, though he had but little maintenance from his congregation. He was very amiable for his great simplicity, integrity, and humility. He was a faithful friend, and his life was very ins offensive. He lived in mean circumstances, and yet was al ways contented and chearful. VOL. I. NO. 7.
years after, he
WILLINGHAM, [R. 3501.] NATHANIEL BRADSHAW, B. D. of Trin. Col. Camb. Son of Mr. T. Bradshaw of Bradshaw in Lancashire. He was born at KeddingtonHall in Suffolk, May 29, 1619; and was dedicated to the ministry by his parents from his birth, but was very averse to it, till Ġod visited him with the small-pox, and under that afAliction inclined his heart to undertake it. He made good proficiency in literature, and became one of the senior Fellows of his college. As a minister, he was a Boanerges; well adapted to the people of Willingham, whom he found very profane and ignorant; but in a little time God was pleased to give him numerous seals to his ministry among them; and he left many good people, and a very good living, for the ease of his conscience, Aug. 24, 1662. (He was succeeded by a profane minister, who, meeting him after his ejectment, scoffed at him for his way of preaching. Mr. Bradshaw replied, “ Sir, I left fourscore and ten praying families in Willing“ ham at my ejectment, and I am afraid your ministry will “ never make them up an hundred.”] Some continued to preach in his own and other families. At length providence gave him the liberty of a pulpit in a small village, which he used with so much prudence and moderation, that he was connived at for about five years. When that was denied him, he preached at Childerly, and after that in London. But as soon as the Act for toleration came forth, he returned to his old people of Willingham, and preached amongst them to the last Sabbath of his life : desiring no more of them than his diet from Saturday night till Monday morning, and his horse-bire from St. Ives, in Huntingdonshire, where he lived with Mrs. Mason, his wife's daughter. He was a very considerable man, of a generous temper and undaunted courage. He was eminent in personal holiness ; a strict observer of the Sabbath ; and a laborious catechist in his family; to whom he constantly expounded the scripture morning and evening. In the latter part of his life, he did his Master's work in great pain; and, by a scorbutic dropsy, ended his pilgrimage at St. Ives, Oct. 16, 1690, in the 21st year of his age.
$ He was buried in the chancel of Willingham church, as was his successor, Mr. Naylor, (the profane person above mentioned.). When the sexton was digging the grave for the latter, which was near Mr. Bradshaw's, a high church. man who was looking on exclaimed, “Why do you bury “ himn so near that fanatic ?” To which an aged woman who
was present, and who knew their different characters, shrewdly answered, “ It can't affect them while they lie 65 here, and they may be far enough off at the resurrec
WISBEACH, [V.] Mr. John SHELDRECK. Either he or his brother Mr. Wm. Sheldreck (ejected at Repham in Norfolk) published a piece, intitled, Popery a great Enemy to Truth, and no Friend to Peace.
Mr. BINSHUL. The place of his ejection is not certainly known.
Mr. John Nye, of Settingham, afterwards conformed, and had the living of Quendon in Essex, where he lived and died in good repute.
vil war he was a schoolmaster, at Banbury, and afterwards was vicar of Acton sixteen years, where he was eminently useful. In the time of the war and afterwards, he kept an exact account of all the remarkable occurrences of Providence in that part of the country, with devout reflections upon them. He was much molested by the Quakers. The very day he preached his farewell sermon on 2 Cor. xiii. 11. some of them came into the church and
gave him disturbHe was a devout man, a laborious faithful preacher, and generally well spoken of. He not only bore the mean condition to which he was reduced after his ejectment, with great patience, but justified his Nonconformity in a very solemn manner on his death-bed, when many
expresa sions dropped from his lips. He had the eighth chapter of Romans read to him; and when he heard those words, There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, he cried out, “ Then there is none for me."_When his end drew near, he made a large and comfortable confession of his faith in Christ
, telling the standers by, “ That he had made his
peace with God, had abundance of inward comfort, and was glad to think his time here was but short; adding, “I doubt not but it will go well with me; the Lord hath dealt very favourably with me, and suffered me to live to a great age; and now I can chearfully leave the world and die.” When one present repeated those words, • I have fought a
good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith ; • henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,' he said, “ I do verily believe it is laid up for me; and I bless my gracious God, I'verily believe I shall behold his face in his glorious kingdom quickly.” He expired praying for others, Dec. 8, 1665. WORKS. The perfect way to die in Peace; a Sermon at the