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who would fain have a preacher that would feed you withi dainty phrases ; and who begin not to care for a minister that unrips your consciences, and speaks to your hearts; some who by often hearing sermons are become serinonproof? There is hardly any way to raise the price of the gospel ministry, but the want of it.-I may not flatter you who have not profited by it. You may justly expect God may bring you into straits, and take away the gospel from you: may take away your ministers by death or other ways. What God will do with you I know not: a few weeks will determine. He can make a great change in a little time. We leave all to him. But let me coinmend one text of scripture to you. Jer. xiii. 16, 17. Give glory to the Lord before he cause darkness, and. your feet stumble, &c. But if you will not hear, my soul shall weep in secret places for you, because the Lord's flock is carried captive. Give glory to God by confessing and repenting of your sins, before darkness come; and who knoweth but that may prevent that darkness." · Upon Mr. Calamy's advising with his friends at court, a petition* for indulgence was drawn up, and presented to his majesty. Very soon after this he was imprisoned, in terrorem, for preaching an occasional sermon, December 29, at the church where he had been minister. Lord Clarendon represents his preaching at that time as seditious; but without any just reason. The case was this : Mr. Ca. lamy going to the church of Aldermanbury, with an intention to be a hearer only, the person expected to preach happened to fail. To prevent a disappointment, and through the inportunity of the people present, he went up, and preached from 1 Sam. iii. 13, on the concern of old Eli for the ark of God. Upon this, by a warrant of the lord mayor, he was committed to Newgate, as a breaker of the Act of uniformity. But in a few days, when it was seen what a resort there was to him, by persons of all qualities, and how generally the severity was resented, he was discharged by his majesty's express order. Mr. Calamy lived to see London in ashes; which so affected him, that he took to his chamber, from which he never came out again, but died in a month.
See this petition in the latroduction, p. 32.
WORKS. Several sermons before the two Houses, and the city magistrates.-Sermons at the funerals of Dr. S. Bolton; the · Earl of Warwick; Mr. Sim. Aske, &c.-[The Serm. for which he
was imprisoned soon after his ejectment: which, together with the above Farewell Sermon, may be seen in the London collection]. A vindication of himself against Mr. Burton.—The godly man's ark. Since his death-A treatise of meditation, printed in a clandestine way, from some imperfect notes taken by a hearer. He had a hand in drawing up the Vindic. of the Presbyt. gov. and ministry, 1650: and the Jus. div. minist. Evang. et Anglicani, 1654. He was also one of the authors of SMECTYM NUUS*.
Mr. Lee was ejected from the Lectureship, in this place.
ALHALLOWS, BREAD-STREET, [R. 1401.] LAZARUS SEÁMAN, D. D. of Eman. Col. Cambridge: He was born at Leicester, in but inean circumstances. On this account he was forced soon to leave the college, aud to teach school for a livelihood: so that his learning was acquired by himself. And yet, even Wood owns him to have been a learned man. He became master of Peter. house, Cambridge, and acquitted himself with abundant honour. From a printed list of Vice-chancellors, proctors, &c. it also appears that he was Vice-chancellor there in the year 1653.)-An occasional sermon preached at Martin's Ludgate, procured him that lectureship; and his reputation there brought him into Alhallow's Bread-street, and into the Westminster Assembly, where he appeared very active, and very skilful in managing controversies in divinity. In 1642, he was presented by Bp. Laud to Bread-street parish, by order of parliament. But Laud told the earl of Northumberland, to whom Mr. Seaman was chaplain, that out of respect to his lordship, he had, before the receipt of that order, designed him for that benefice.--He was a great divine, thoroughly skilled in the original languages z
* A celebrated book before the civil war, written in answer to Bp. Hall's Right of Episcopacy. This title was a fictitious word, composed of the initial letters of the names of its authors, who were, S. Marshal, E Calamy, T. Young. M. Newcomen, IV. Spurstow.
of the docient, where his teated with Parliament, with was
always carrying about with him a small Plantin Bible, without points, for his ordinary use. He was well studied in the controversy about church-government; which was the occasion of his being sent by the parliament, with their commissioners, when they treated with K. Charles I. in the Isle of Wight; where his majesty took particular notice of the doctor's singular ability in the debates on this subject, which were afterwards printed in the collection of his inajesty's works. In his latter days he much studied the prophetic part of scripture. He died in Sept. 1675, and left a very valuable library, which fetched 7001. This was the first that was sold in England by way of auction*. Mr. Jenkyn preached his funeral sermon, from 2 Pet. i. 15. where his character may be seen at large. The following is an extract from it. '
[" He was a person of a most deep and piercing judgment in all points of controversial divinity: nor was he less able to defend than to discover the truth. Among many in. stances of it, the following is remarkable: Upon the invitation of an honourable lady, who was at the head of a noble family, and was often solicited by Romish priests to change her religion, he engaged in a dispute with two of the most able priests' they could find, in the presence of the lord and lady, for their satisfaction; and by silencing them upon the head of Transubstantiation, was instrumental to preserve that whole family stedfast in the Protestant religion. He was a most excellent and profound casuist. Scarcely any divine in London was so much sought to for resolving Cases of conscience. He was most "able and ready in expounding scripture, both in the pulpit and in private discourse, and gave the sense of difficult passages with the greatest perspicuity; so that he might truly be called, An interpreter, one of a thousand. Doctrinal light was the great beauty of his sermons; but he took care to give the warmth of application also. "He was a divine richly furnished with all the materials of didactical and practical divinity; and could, upon all occasions, dis. course rationally upon any point without labour or hesi. -tation. He was a person of great stability in the truth; not a reed shaken with the wind. He would not debauch his conscience for preferinent, but valued one truth of Christ above all the wealth of both Indies.
* The catalogue of this library is preserved in the Museum, belonging to the Baptist Academy, at Bristol.
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