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London, and from thence went for some time to a congretion at Harwich. But age coming upon him, he at length returned to London, and subsisted upon the charity of well disposed Christians, till death give him his release.
BRIDEKIRK (V.] Mr. GEORGE Benson. After his ejectment he retired into Lancashire, where he lived at Kellet, and preached in his house. He died in 1691, aged 76. § He was grandfather to the late Dr. George Benson of London, in the memoirs of whose life, prefixed to his History of the Life of Christ, is the following account of his ancestors. “ He was born at Great Salkeld in Cuinberland, Sept. 1, 1699, of very pious parents, who had a numerous family, and were blessed in seeing several of thein becoming remarkably good christians. The family was originally from Lon.
John Benson, the Dr.'s great grandfather, left London towards the end of Q. Elizabeth's reign, and settled at Salkeld, where the family made a considerable figure. He had thirteen sons, from the eldest of whom the late Lord Bingley descended. In the civil wars, occasioned by the mal-administration of Charles I. George Benson, the youngest son of the Dr.'s grandfather, engaged on the side of liberty and the parliament, and suffered considerably in his fortune ; particularly from the Scots, when they entered England, in order to raise Charles II. to the throne, and were defeated at the battle of Worcester. The love of liberty, ci. vil and religious, the Dr. derived from ancestors of this spirit, who after the Restoration were Protestant Dissenters."
CARLISLE. COMFORT STAR, M. A. Born at Ashford in Kent, where his father was a physician. He was educated in New England, and was some time Fellow of Harvard College. $ In a list, which Mr. Cotton Mather has given, of above three hundred and fitty students educated in that college, from the year 1642, 'to 1698, we find his name thus mentioned,--1647. Consolantius Star, Socius. B. iv. p. 136.-After he was ejected from Carlisle, he performed laborious service in several places in the county of Kent, and at last became pastor of a church at Lewes in Sussex, where he died Oct. 30, 1711, in the 87th year of his age,
COCKERMOUTH. George LARKHAM,"M. A. Of Trin. Col. Camb. Son of Mr. T. Larkham, who was ejected from Tavistock. Soon after his own ejectment, he
was forced to escape into Yorkshire, with his numerous family. While he was there, he suffered much, being illegally imprisoned in York for several weeks. In 1668, after many troubles, he returned to his people in Cumberland, and God was pleased to crown his labours ainong
them with abundant success. He died Dec. 26, 1700, aged 71, after he had exercised his ministry in that place 48 years.
He a man of bright parts, and a courageous temper, till the latter part of his life, when he grew somewhat pensive.
CROGLIN (R.) JOHN Rogers, M. A. Of Wadham Col. Oxf. The eldest son of Mr. John Rogers, minister of Chacomb in Northamptonshire. Born Ap. 25, 1610. He was for soine time preacher at Middleton Cheyney in that county, and afterwards at Leigh in Kent.' Thence he was sent, by order of parliament, to Bernard Castle, in the bishopric of Durham, where he settled in 1644, and continued till March 2, 1660, when he removed to Croglin, where the Act of uniformity found and ejected him. He often spoke with pleasure of Mr. Wheatly of Banbury as his spiritual father. When he caine to Bernard Castle he made out a list of the number of souls in his parish, which were about 2000. He took an exact account who of them were persons of knowledge, and who were ignorant; who were fit or unfit for the Lord's table, &c. Those who were ignorant he conversed much with, gave them good books, catechized and instructed them, till he thought them qualified for that sacred solemnity. He took great care of poor children, that they might not be trained up in ignorance and idleness. He was much respect. by Sir Henry Vane and his son, whose seat at Raby Castle in that neighbourhood gave opportunity for frequent conversation. As an old acquaintance, he afterwards waited upon young Sir Henry when imprisoned in the Tower, for his concern in the death of Charles I. and found him resolute, and not sensible of any crime.-In those times of confusion, when soldiers often became preachers, an officer of note then quartering in the town, sent to Mr. Rogers to demand the use of his pulpit, bidding him refuse at his peril. But Mré Rogers, instead of complying, desired to know who gave hiin authority to preach? saying, " That the ministerial of. fice was very distinct from the inilitary ; and that therefore, though the soldiers kept the town, he resolved to guard the pulpit.”—He was a zealous observer of the Lord's-day, and always opposed the driving of cattle through the town on that day. He had some difficulty with the Quakers, who much increased thereabouts; but his carriage was so engaging, that even many of them could not forbear giving him a good word. He was given to hospitality, and was indeed the Gaius of those parts, entertaining all ininisters and Christians, who passed that way, with great openness and freedom. His removal to Croglin, after he was ejected at Bernard Castle, was by the procurement of lord Wharton. And though he was ejected there also, yet he kept his temper and modera, tion. He was of a catholic spirit, and a great enemy to narsow and uncharitable principles or practices. He had always a good correspondence with the neighbouring clergy, and was treated very respectfully by those of the greatest eminence, viz. Dr. Stern, Abp. of York; Dr. Rainbow, Bp. of Carlisle; and the Bp. of Durham; on the latter of whom he often waited, and by reason of his acquaintance in his younger days with the old lord Crew, was always received in a manner peculiarly obliging,
He continued the exercise of his ministry, after his being ejected, without fear. He licensed a place or two in 1672, at Darlington and Stockton in Durham. When the Indulgence expired, he preached in his own house at Startford, one Lord's day; and another, either in Teesdale, or in Waredale, among those who wrought in the lead-mines. Many a troublesome journey did he take to those poor people, thro' very deep snows, and over high mountains, when the road was extremely bad, and the cold very severe. But he made nothing of the fatigue, through his love to souls ; especially as he was encouraged by the mighty eagerness of those honest people to hear the word. He used to preach frequently on the week-days also. And yet for all his pains he did not receive above 10l. per annum, but lived upon what he had of his own, with which he was both generous and charitable. He used to embrace all occasions for good discourse. It being customary in the North, after a funeral, to have an Arval, (as they call it) or dinner, he would speak so suitably of divine things, even in the midst of the entertainment, that some bitter malignant people would refuse to be present there, when they knew he would be one of the company; because, said they, we shall find Rogers preaching there.--He died with great calmness and resignation, at Startford, in York shire, Nov. 28, 1680. His funeral sermon was preached by Mr. Brokill of Bernard Castle, where he was buried. Mr.
Tim. Rogers, of Wantage, Berkshire, was his son, who was afterwards colleague with Mr. Shower at the Old Jewry.
WORKS. A Little Catechism.—And two Letters to Mr. R. Wilson, upon the death of his daughter, whose Life was published under the title of The Virgin Saint.
The following remarkable anecdote of Mr. Rogers is well worthy of being here recorded. Sir Richard Cradock, a. justice of peace, who was a violent hater and persecutor of the. dissenters, and who exerted himself to enforce all the severe. laws then in being against them, happened to live near Mr. Rogers, to whom he bore a particular enmity, and whom he wanted above all things to have in his power. Hearing that. he was one day to preach some miles distant, he thought that. a fair opportunity offered for accomplishing his base design ; and in order to it hired two men to go as spies, and take down the names of all the hearers whom they knew, that they might appear as witnesses against both them and Mr. Rogers. The plan seemed to succeed to his wishes. These men brought him the names of several persons who were present at the meeting, and he warned such of them as he had a particular, spite against, together with Mr. Rogers, to appear before him. Knowing the violence of the man, they came with trembling hearts, expecting to be treated with the utmost se verity. While they were waiting in the great hall, expecto, ing to be called upon, a little girl, about six or seven years of age, who was Sir Richard's grand daughter, happened to come into the hall. She looked at Mr. Rogers, and was much taken with his venerable appearance. He being natu. sally fond of children, took her upon his knee and caressed her, which occasioned her to conceive a great fondness for him. At length Sir Richard sent a servant to inform him and the rest, that one of the witnesses being taken ill, was unable to attend, and that therefore they must come again another day. They accordingly came at the time appointed, and being convicted, the justice ordered their inittimus to be written to send them all to prison. Mr. Rogers, expecting to see the little girl again, brought some sweat meats with him to give her. As soon as she saw him, she came running to him, and appeared fonder of him than before. This child, being a particular favourite of her grand-father, had got such an ascendancy over him, that he could deny her nothing, and she possessed such a violent spirit that she could bear no contradiction, so that she was indulged in every thing she wanted. At one time when she had been contradicted, she
run a pen-knife into her arm to the great danger of her life. This bad spirit in the present instance was over-ruled for good.-While she was sitting on Mr. Rogers's knee eating the sweet-meats, she looked earnestly at him, and asked, “ What are you here for, Sir?” He answered, “ I believe
your grandfather is going to send me and my friends to jail." - "To jail,” says she, " why what have you done?” “
Why “ I did nothing but preach at such a place, and they did no
thing but hear me."-But, says she, my grand-papa sha'n't “ send you to jail." Aye but, my dear, said he, I believe “he is now making out our niittimus to send us all there." Upon this, she ran up to the chamber where Sir Richard was, and knocked with her head and heels till she got in, and said to him, “ What are you going to do with my good old gentleman in the hall ?" That's nothing to you, said he, get you about your business. “ But I wo'nt, says she : he tells me that you are going to send him and his friends to jail, and if
you send them, I'll drown myself in the pond as soon as they are gone: I will indeed.” When he saw the child thus peremptory, it shook his resolution, and induced him to abandon his malicious design. Taking the mittimus in his hand, he went down into the hall and thus addressed these good “ I had here made out your mittimus to send you
all to jail, as you deserve; but at my grand-child's request, I drop the prosecution, and set you all at liberty.” They all bowed, and thanked his worship. But Mr. Rogers, going to the child, laid his hand upon her head, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, said, “ God bless you, my dear child! May • the blessing of that God whose cause you did now plead,
though as yet you know him not, be upon you in life, at “ death, and to all eternity !” He and his friends then went away.
The above remarkable story was told by Mr. Timothy Rogers, the son of the ejected ininister, who had frequently heard his father relate it with great pleasure; and the celebrated Mr. Thomas Bradbury once heard it from him, when he was dining at the house of Mrs. Tooly, an eminent chrisrian lady in London, who was distinguished for her religion, and for her love to Christ and his people; whose house and table, like Lydia's, were always open to them.-What fole lows is yet more remarkable, ás containing a striking proof of the answer which was returned to good Mr. Rogers's prayers for this child, and the blessing which descended upon her who had been the instrument of such a deliverance for