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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 light; 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 iis majesty'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 instances 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, upou 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 preferment, 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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As a christian, he discovered the greatest contentment with his worldly circumstances, as the allotments of pro. vidence. He was better pleased in being a real pastor to one congregation, than if he had been a nominal pastor to a thousand. He was eminent for observing public providences, and in acquiescing in them. He deeply and tenderly felt whatever affected the state of Christ's church, and was very inquisitive how it fared with the people of God in foreign parts; not out of Athenian curiosity, but à public spirit. He was eminently open-hearted, and openhanded also to the poor, especially the pious poor. He used consulere tam modestiæ quam inopia. He ever reregarded the modesty of a poor man who could not be clamorous; and in regard both to poor ministers and private christians, was ready to every good work. He was so industrious and indefatigable in his calling, as rarely to allow himself any diverting recreation. The precious jewel of time, he so highly valued, that he would not lose the very filings thereof. Admirable was his prudence in his speech and behaviour. He knew to whom he spoke, when to speak, and how much to speak. He knew how to benefit others by speaking, without insnaring himself. In him practical prudence was joined with intellectual. Not only did his wisdom make his own face to shine, but by example and counsel he reflected much of the lustre of it upon others. Few persons were more frequently desired to give advice in affairs of difficulty than he. His prudential reservedness was by some accounted excessive severity; but he could sometimes be chearful, though in a grave and christian way. His patience in his sickness, considering his natural temper, was great even to admiration. In all his torments, he seldom groaned under them, but never grumbled against him that sent them. He often complained to God, but never complained of him. In the midst of his tortures he admired free grace, and glorified that God who so much depressed him. In the lesson of patience he grew perfect in the school of affliction.]
WORKS. A few sermons before the long parliament.-Ser'mon before the lord mayor, April 7, 1650, against divisions. -Vind. of the Reformed churches concerning brdination, in answer to Mr. Simpson's Diatribe.. .Notes on the Revelations; which he presented to Lord Wharton; but they were never printed.- A
Farewell-sermon on Heb. xiii. 20, 21. which, though not unsuitable to the occasion, contains nothing peculiar to it, nor any reference to his ejectment. Only at the close he observes, that the care of the church is in the hands of Christ--that all providences towards it, designed to exercise and to try it, must be borne with patience; approving what he orders, and doing whatever he commands; with a chearful dependence upon the faithfulness of the great shepherd of the sheep, who being brought again from the dead lives for ever; and a firm reliance on God's covenant, as declared, Isa. xvi. 21.
ALHALLOWS THE GREAT, [R. 2ool.]
MR. ROBERT BRAGG, of Wadham College, Oxford. His fatlier was a captain in the parliament's army. When Oxford was surrendered he went thither; and, as soon as he was capable, was chosen fellow. Coming afterwards to London, he settled in this parish, and gathered a church, of which he continued pastor to the day of his death. He was a man of great humility and sincerity, and of a very peaceable temper. He died April 14, 1704, aged 77, as appears from his tombstone in Bunhill-fields. He had a son in the ministry, among the Dissenters, who bore both his names, and who succeeded Mr. Nath. Mather.
When prince Rupert took Bristol, the members of Mr Wrottis's church, at Llanfaches, Monmouthshire, who had fled thither, and those afterwards of Broadmead, were turned out and went to London, where the Pædobaptists communicated with this church at Alhallows the Great, and the Baptists with Mr. Kiffin's.
WORKS. Fun. Serm. for Mr. Ralph Venning.-Another for Mr. Tho. Wadsworth.-He and Mr. War ham wrote an epistle before a tract of Mr. Faldo's against Quakerism.
ALHALLOWS, HONEY-LANE, [R. ) Mr. JOHN AFTER. He had been rector of Beckington, a sequestered living in Somersetshire. After his ejectment, by the special favour of the court of aldermen, he lived and died ordinary of Wood-street compter.