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“ Pray then get it me Doctor, and I'll give you any thing
“Yes, said he, if you will promise me one thing, I'll bring it you: and that is, that you will read it over carefully ; and if you should not see much in it at first. that you will give it a second reading." She promised faith. fully that she would. After coming two or three times with- . out it, to raise her curiosity, he at last took it out of his pocket and gave it her.
This book was the New Testament. When she look. ed at it she said, with a flirt, “ Poh! I could get that at “ any time.” Why Miss, said he, so you might: but remember I have your solemn promise that you will read it carefully “ Well, says she, though I never read it before, “ I'll give it a reading.” Accordingly she began to read it, and it soon attracted her attention. She saw something in it, wherein she had a deep concern; but her mind now be. came ten times more uneasy
Not knowing what to do, she soon returned to London, resolved to try again what the diversions there would do to dissipate her gloom. But nothing of this kind answered her purpose.-She lodged at the court end of the town, where she had with her a fe. male companion. One Saturday evening she had a remarkable dream, which was, That she was in a place of worship where she heard a sermon, but when she awoke she could remember nothing but the text. This dream, however, made a deep impression upon her mind; and the idea she had of the place and of the minister's person, was as strong as if she had been long acquainted with both. On the Lord'sday morning, she told her dream to her companion, and said, that after breakfast she was resolved to go in quest of the place, though she should go from one end of London to the other. They accordingly set out, and went into several churches as they passed along, but none of them answered to what she saw in her dream. About one o'clock they found themselves in the heart of the city, where they dined, and then set out again in search of this place of worship.
Being in the Poultry about half an hour after two o'clock, they saw a great number of people going down the Old Jewry, and she determined to see where they went. She mingled with the company, and they conducted her to the meeting-house in the old Jewry, where Mr. Shower was then minister. As soon as she entered the door, and surveyed the place, she turned to her companion and said, with some surprise, “ This is the very place I saw in my dream." She
had not been long before she saw Mr. Shower go up into the pulpit, and looking at hin with greater surprise, she said, " This is the very man I saw in my dream, and if every part of it hold true, he will take for his text Psalm cxvi. 7. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. When he rose up to pray, she was all attention, and every sentence went to her heart. Having finished his prayer, he took that very passage which she had mentioned for his text, and God was pleased to make the discourse founded upon it, the means of her saving conversion; and thus she at last found what she had so long sought elsewhere in vain, Rest to her soul. And now she obtained that blessing from God the fountain of felicity, which pious Mr. Rogers, so many years before, had so solemnly and fervently implored on her behalf.
The above extraordinary narrative was cominunicated by the late Rev. Mr. Davidson of Braintree, to Mr. Arch. Wallace, merchant at Edinburgh, Oct. 12, 1767. And was authenticated by the well-known and respectable Dr. Wood of Norwich. The present venerable Dr. Erskine has printed it in a little volume of Letters, chiefly addressed to the af, flicted. It was also published some years ago, in a small pamphlet by the Rev. Mr. Decourcy.
CROSBY [V.] Mr. John COLLYER,
CROSTHWAITE. Mr. JAMES CAVE. Born at Banbury in Oxfordshire. His father was a brazier, but that he was brought up to that business was a false report. He had been in the wars in Scotland, where he was a captain, and became for some time a preacher in Carlisle, from whence he went to Keswick, where he resided, and exercised his ministry at some of the chapelrias in Crosthwaite parish. He was ordained by the associated ministers of Cumberland, who gave
him a testimonial “ as a person of an unblameable life, and who appeared upon their examination to be duly qualified and gifted for the ministry, and properly called to it in that place." [This inay be seen in Cal. Con. p. 229, signed by Richard Gilpin, and six others.] He remained some years at this place, where he studied hard, and was laborious in preaching and repeating sermons, instructing and catechizing youth. It appears that he had several orders of the Commissioners for propagating the gospel in the four VOL. I. NO. 9.
northern counties, for settling him, and for augmenting his salary. They appointed him preacher at Crosby, Sealeby, and Stannix, with 80l. per annum. They afterwards sent him to itinerate at Thornewait, Newland, and St. John's, with an appointment of 1041. per annum. These, it seems, are all of them in Crosthwaite parish, where it is most likely the Act of uniformity found him. Before his officiating in these last chapelries, he had an invitation to Inverness, with the offer of 160l. per annum; but did not accept it.
After his ejectment he often removed, till marrying at Daventry in Northamptonshire, he settled, and continued there till be came to London, where he was well known. He there took the opportunity of K. Charles's Declaration in 1672, publicly to exercise his ministry, for which purpose he took out a li
He died in 1694. EDENHALL [C.] Mr. Thomas Tailor. A native of Scotland. He lived about ten years after his ejectment, preaching at Alston-moor, and other places as he had opportunity.
EGREMONT [R.] Mr. Halsell. An Antinomian.
GREYSTOCK [R. S. 2001.] RICHARD Gilpin, M. D. He was designed by God for great work in his church, and was singularly qualified for it. He had a large share of natural abilities, which he had wonderfully improved by an unwearied industry; so that there was scarcely any thing that accomplished a man, a scholar, a physician, or divine, but he possessed it in great perfection. There was a pleasing mixture of majesty and sweetness, affableness and gravity in his countenance, which he could alter with ease, as the business or persons he had to do with required, so as to keep up the dignity of his profession,
and make religion both more awful and more alluring. He had a fine and delicate fancy, expressing itself in a copiousness of words, which gave clear and lively images of things, and kept up the life, strength, and elegance of the English tongue. His memory was strong and faithful ; his judgment, most quick and penetrating; but he always exercised it on the sentiments of others with great candour. He had so well digested all necessary parts of learning, that he had them in readiness whenever he wanted them, and used them iii his discourses with great advantage. He had all the necessary qualifications for a preacher, in the highest degree. His voice was strong, but sweet and well.