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And many a dark night hath he travelled in dirty and dangerous roads, from his regard to the good of their souls. When one of his hearers came to visit him, a little before his death, he said to him, “Never did any one go with more joy “ to his must pleasing recreation, than I have gone to Long• croft-fields to preach to you.”—At Mansfield he attended on the public worship, in the establishment, and held his meetings before or after it, that he might not interfere ; for his principles were moderate. Such love did he conciliate there, by his blameless and pleasant conversation, and his discreet management of himself
, that wlien others were clapped into prison, upon what was called Lord Russel's plot, a considerable person who constantly kept to the parish church, went to the lord-lieutenant, and offered to be bound for his good behaviour. The offer was accepted; and Mr. Porter continued in his own house without disturbance or suspicion. -He was looked upon as a great blessing in those parts, and highly valued by his brethren, who used to consult him upon difficult cases, and paid a great deference to his judgmnent, He died at Mansfield, Jan. 22, 1690.
WORKS. An Account of the Life and Character of Mr. John Hieron, and other Derbyshire ministers.-A Farewell Sermon, in England, Remembrancer, on Zeph. iii. 18. [$ This is the xvith. in the Country-collections, and contains ample proof of his great moderation, and his aversion to an unnecessary separation from the church of England.]
SANDY-ACRE. Mr. JOSEPH Moore. He was born at Nottingham, and educated in St. John's Col. Camb. when the pious Dr. Tuckney was master. He was sober-minded from his youth, and entered young into the ininistry; but his youth was not despicable, as he was grave, serious and savoury. After his ejectment he spent the rest of his time in different private families, in praying, preaching, and catechizing. He was a hard student, an inquisitive man, and a pertinent useful preacher. He lived well, and he died happily, Nov. 25, 1684.-In the Collection of Country farewell sermons, the xvth is his. [The text is 2 Peter i. 15, a. very suitable and useful discourse.]
SHELDON [C.] Mr. John BEEBY. A man eminent for his close walking with God. He was at Tidswell till the Restoration, when he removed to Sheldon, and there was ejected byth e Unifrmity.act, in 1662.
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BE. Casas Secaz Of St. John's Cal. Of. He was born sea Burzy in Lancashire, is 1635 While he was a se univerHTT, Se sck regioos students were his cucasicas. Siis age cé cwency, he was choses master
te geeic school z BlackBOUTE, in which station he was Rusetil, at met wc general respect, as appears from hs being contes a ty te goreters of the school and the gency thereabces, ci che veze 1008 OE 1669, tho' he could not confirm to the estabassed church. He began to preach in the rear 1660, and to be set about the work with trembling, God owned him in it. After he was turned out of the public school, he becock bimself to the teaching of a private che in the town, and had many gentlemen's sons and others under his care. In this employment, at the same time frequently preaching, he continued till 1683, when Major
Nowel, his great enemy, sent him to Lancaster prison by a capias, and there he remained near six months. During his confinement, he was useful among the prisoners, and several persons also of the town, by setting up a conference on the Lord's-days. His prison comforts and improvements were very great. In the year 1687, he was chosen pastor to a people at Darwen, in Lancashire where he laboured in the work of the Lord, with great acceptance and success, till God removed him by a paralytic stroke, on Feb. 13, 1697. He was a good scholar, very affable, blameless in conversation, and generally beloved. He had a peculiar way of reproving sinners' in private, and was so successful in it, that the guilty either heard him with patience, or came under some restraints. Much of his discourse in the families where he visited, was about spiritual concerns, and particulary directed to young persons ; the good fruit of which he lived to see, in that not a few of them solemnly gave up themselves unto the Lord, in which he much rejoiced.
Mr. BUXTON.---Mr. FINCH.--And Mr. FORTH.--The places of their ejectment are uncertain.
The following persons afterwards conformed:
Mr. MATTHEWS of Edlaston.—Mr. Pool of Muggington.—Mr. James LAUGHTON of Dower chapel.-Mr. James SUTTON, of Crich.-Mr. EDWARD HOLLINGSHEAD, of Ashford chapel.--Mr. EDWARD Buxton, of Swetenham.
AVING met was the lie of Dr. MANTON, * by Dr.
Watanz Harris, sisce the greater part of this volume was pe.sed, the fouwing abridgment ck it is with pleasure preseated to the reader, in action to the short account girea cé tha: great man, page 175, &c.
D. THOMAS MANTON bai his grammar-learning at the free-school in Titerton, and was placed in Wadham ciluge, Oxford, in 1635; where he made such proficiency, that he was ordained a: ine age of twenty, by the excellent Bp. Haid, then ac Exeter; who took particular notice of hin, as likely to prove an extraordinary person. He him. self, however, ten years afterwards, lamented his entrance on the ministry so early, as a rasa intrusion. (See his Expos. on James v. 19-)-The times were then perilous, and he was confined in Exeter when it was besieged by the king's forces. After its surrender he went to Lime. He preached his first sermon at Soræton, near Exeter, on Matt. vi. 1, after being sometime unsettled, he was chosen at Colyter, to preach a weekly lecture ; and was much respected. On his coming to London he was soon noticed, and frequently employed. He soon after married Mrs. Morgan, of a genteel family at Sidbury, Devon. His first settlement was at Stoke-Nevington, about the year 1643 ; to which living he was presented by the Hon. Col. Popham, in whom he had a kind patron, whose pious lady also highly esteemed him. Here he continued seven years, and was often not only engaged in preaching, but on other affairs in the city. The second of the sermons before the Sons of the Clergy was by him. He delivered several before the parliament, in which he discovered great prudence, particularly in that preached after he had torne his testimony against the death of the king, on Deut. xxxiii. 4. 5. This however gave great offence, and some in the house talked of sending him to the
* It is prefixed to the second ed tion of his Sermons on the 19th Psalm. Dr. Calumy was highly censurable in making so little use of this excellent piece of biography,
tower, when his friends advised him to withdraw; but he never flinched, and the heat abated.
Mr. Obadiah Sedgwick, of Covent Garden, being disabled for his work, several persons were proposed to succeed him, but he would not resign till Dr. Manton was inentioned, and then he readily yielded. He was presented to this living by the Earl, afterwards Duke of Bedford, who esteemed him highly to his dying day, and sent him a key of of the garden which belonged to Bedford-house. In this situation he had a numerous and grand audience, among whom frequently was the excellent Abp. Usher.-Dr. Manton had a great respect for Mr. Christopher Love, who was beheaded in 1651 for assisting the royal family, and attended him on the scaffold; when, as a token of respect, he gave him his cloak. The government finding that the Dr. intended to preach his funeral sermon, expressed displeasure, and the soldiers threatened to shoot him. was undaunted and preached at Mr. Love's church, in St. Lawrence Jury, to a numerous congregation, tho' without pulpit cloth or cushion. The sermon was sometime afterwards printed. Tho' he was far from courting the favour of that government, they professed at least to esteem him, and Cromwell sent for him to Whitehall on the morning of his installment, telling him, not till he came, that it was to pray on the occasion; and when he begged to be excused, urging the shortness of the notice, he said, that such a man as he could not be at a loss to perform the service, and put him into his study for half an hour to premeditate.* The Protector made him one of his chaplains. He was also appointed one of the committee for trying ministers ; and he seldom absented himself from that troublesome service, as he himself was heard to say, in order that he might do all in his power to keep matters from running into extreines. One remarkable instance of his kindness is worth recording. A clergyman of respectable appearance, somewhat in years, appeared before the commissioners, when Dr. Manton called for a chair, at which some of them were displeased. This minister, after the Restoration, was preferred to a bishopric in Ireland ; and he retained so affectionate a remembrance of Dr. Manton, that he charged Bp. Worth when he came
* Whitlock, who was present, mentions Dr. Manton's prayer on this 'occasion (Mem. p. 661.) and says, “ He recommended his Highness, the “ parliament, the council, the forces, and the whole government and peo“ple of the three nations, to the blessing and protection of God.”